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Solo instruments or voice


for bayan solo ~ 8' (2010)


Programme note
Commissioned by Roman Yusipey for Gaudeamus interpreters' competition

Previous performances

June 1, 2012 Kiev, Ukraina
Centre "Master-class"
Roman Yusipey
May 21, 2012 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg University, Academy of Music and Drama
Sergej Tchirkov
Apr. 23, 2012 - Ukraine, Odessa
18th international festival "2 days and 2 nights"
Roman Yusipey
March 29, 2013 - Kiev, Ukraine
National Composers Union of Ukraine Hall
Roman Yusipey
March 27, 2012 - Germany, Berlin 
Roman Yusipey
Oct. 24, 2011 - St.-Petersburg, Russia
Scheremetev Palace
Sergey Tchirkov
Sept. 10, 2011 - Perm, Russia
Perm philharmonics organ hall
Sergey Tchirkov
Sept. 5, 2011 - Tchaikovsky, Russia
School of arts
Sergey Tchirkov
June 2, 2011 - Germany, Hannover 
Forum of new chamber music XIII
Roman Yusipey


FL [falsa lectio] #2
for bass (or contrabass) flute solo ~ 15' (2008)


2008 performed by Natalia Pschenitschnikova
(13'45", size: 12,6 MB)

Programme note
Dedicated to Natalia Pschenitschnikova.

One and the same phrase, being several times repeated, deconstructed and reconstructed with the accents changed, looses its initial meaning and gains a multiple interpretation variants. Without its' initial meaning every word of a phrase, every letter of a word becomes an aim rather than a means, a separate substance which functions independently. Thus, the initial phrase closes in itself and provides a multiple meanings, a false reading (falsa lectio).

The piece consists of several repeating sound events separated in time. Each event requests immense force and tension from the performer. Preparation of each sound is somehow similar to the preparation for a jump or throw in sports. Thus, the sound events become maximally independent. The chain of these sound events/tensions forms an active field open to the listener's interpretation.

Previous performances
Oct. 1, 2013 - Perm, Russia
Sound 59 festival
Ivan Bushuev, flute
Oct. 1, 2013 - Perm, Russia
Sound 59 festival
Ivan Bushuev, flute
July 4, 2013 - Viitasaari, Finland
Time of music festival
Hanna Kinnunen
June 14, 2012 - Shanghai, China
Shanghai conservatory
Matteo Cesari
May 27, 2012 - Paris
Galerie Hus
Ensemble l'Itineraire
March 29, 2012 -Paris
MPAA/Auditorium Saint-Germain
Ensemble l'Itineraire
2008 Berlin, Germany
DAAD gallery,
Natalia Pschenitschnikova


for violin (or viola) solo ~ 13' (2008)


2010 performed by Graeme Jennings
Programme note

Dedicated to Anastasia Tower.

The piece represents an extremely complex, saturated texture. It is impossible to achieve the exact interpretation of the musical text - it turns to be an ideal object which an interpreter has to follow but can never reach... The distance between the musical text and the performer, between the text and it's actual interpretation is the main material of the composition.

Previous performances
March 7, 2014
- Paris, France
Puteaux, Conservatoire J. B. Lully
Marco Massera (Projet Bloom)
Apr. 25, 2013 - Moscow, Russia
Philharmonic chamber hall
Carte blanche ensemble
Nov. 10, 2012 - ?, USA
Vlad Pessin, violin
Nov. 5, 2012 - Berkeley University, USA
Vlad Pessin, violin
Oct. 19, 2012
- Nicosia, Cyprus
Vlad Pessin, violin
Sept. 15, 2012 - Perm, Russia
Perm philharmonia
Vlad Pessin
Sept. 10, 2012 - Tchaikovsky, Russia
Moscow Ensemble Academy
Vlad Pessin
April 30, 2010 St.-Peterburg, Russia
Mikhail Krutik
Nov 23, 2010, Huddersfield, UK
Graeme Jennings
Sept 2008 Moscow, Russia
Moscow Forum
Stanislav Malyshev


Tube space
for tuba (or euphonium) solo ~ 10' (2008)


2008 performed by Paul Huebner (8'42", size: 8 MB)

Programme note

Every musical instrument dictates it's own unique limitations: range, dynamics, etc.. "Tube space" is not an attempt to overcome these borders by the extension of playing techniques or extreme musical text complexity. It's rather an attempt to look at the instrument regardless of a historic performing tradition. To treat it as an object or a given physical body, to open possibility to (re)create an instrument from the scratch: tuba is a long conic tube made of brass...

Previous performances
Feb 4, 2009 Berlin, Germany, BKA Theatre
Paul Huebner
Feb, 2009 Brandenburg, Germany
Paul Huebner


for voice solo ~ 10' (2008)


2008 performed by Natalia Pschenitschnikova
(8'08", size: 7,5 MB)

Programme note

Dedicated to Natalia Pschenitschnikova

The idea of the piece is the voice birth. It borns out of "side" noises produced by the vocal, breath and articulation systems. "Voice-off" means voice behind the screen. However, in this piece I was interested in overlapping different voice/sound layers. The vocal apparatus is divided into several independent lines/parts - sounds produced by lips, tongue, teeth, cheeks, gutter, vocal chords etc. Normal singing appears to be just one of many elements. All these elements are independent like instrumental parts in a chamber ensemble. Their counteraction forms a multilayer structure within which the "lips' part" can form a duo with the "gutter part", and the "vocal part" solo can rise over them.

Previous performances
2008 Berlin, Germany
DAAD gallery,
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
May 2010 Briansk, Russia
Roslavets & Gabo festival
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
June 11, 2010 St. Petersburg, Russia
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
June 23,2010 Moscow, Russia
Another space festival
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
July 15, 2010 Darmstadt, Germany
Darmstadt new music courses
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
Sept. 11, 2011 - Nicosia, Cyprus
Contemporary music festival
Exaudi ensemble
(version for 3 voices)
Nov. 14, 2011 - London, UK
Kings Place
Deborah Kayser (Elision Ensemble)
Dec. 6, 2011 - Athens, Greece
Attis Theatre
Natalia Pschenitchnikova
May 16, 2012 - Melbourne, Australia
Melba Hall, Royal Parade
Deborah Kayser (Elision ensemble)
Nov. 29, 2012 - Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Contemporary Art Center Arsenal
Natalia Pschenitschnikova, voice
Nov. 9, 2013 - Berlin, Germany
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
March 19, 2014 - Sydney, Australia
Elision ensemble
May 7, 2014 - London, UK
Wednesdays at The Forge
Exaudi ensemble


for piano ~ 1' (2007)


performed by Guy Livingston, Juan de Graa animation 2008

Programme note:
Commissioned by Guy Livingston
for "60 seconds for piano" project

Previous performances:
"60 seconds for piano" concert tour
Feb. 18, 2011 - Athens, Greece
Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall
Lorenda Ramou


for bassoon ~ 8' (2007)


Programme note:
Pedagogical repertoire.
Published by Moscow Concervatory, 2009. V. Popov, "Contemporary composers' music for bassoon"
Previous performances:


for piano (2001)
consists of: Synchronization primitives ~ 7';
Symmetrical matrix ~ 10';
Absolute majority ~ 3'


Programme note:

Previous performances:


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