Jubilees [1-6] :: 2000
Dedicated to Jouko Laivuori
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Fp: Jouko Laivuori, Paris, September 15, 2000. [NOTE: the work was titled as "Jubilees 1-5" at the time of its first performance but later the title has been only "Jubilees"]
See also a version for ensemble
'Jubilees' is a set of six piano works, the first of which was commissioned by the oyal Festival Hall in London as a birthday present for Pierre Boulez in 2000. I then continued the series so that the whole set was completed before the year was out.
'Jubilees' was a challenging assignment because it meant I was, as it were, able to uncork the problem of short form. 'Jubilees' marks the beginning of a new stand in my output. It is the first work of mine to be made up of short movements, and the six movements together form a harmoniuous entity. Next in this series of solo suites followed 'Partia' for cello, which will be followed by a suite for guitar for Timo Korhonen within the next couple of years [premiere in Turku, Finland on August 16, 2004].
There are very diverse pianistic solutions in the 'Jubilees' suite. It bears a distant relation to Debussy's and Chopin's studies since they too operate on clearly defined textures. There are most events in the first movement; the others are then purified so that in the last the harmony rises to the surface stripped of all else - the overall dramaturgy has been clarified.
Writing for the piano is difficult - not least because it is my own instrument but it is a healthy instrument also for those who have not written much for it. I would define it as a lie detector for a composer.
© Magnus Lindberg, ca. 2000
(Boosey & Hawkes)