Fantasia ”Liberazione” is a solo work for harpsichord in the traditional 1/4 comma meantone temperament (from Eb to G#). The piece begings as a chromatic chaconne with decending bass line, gradually starting to fall apart both rhythmically and harmonically and eventually transforming into a fantasy-like nonmeasured prelude.
In the piece the choise of the meantone temperament serves two main purposes. In the beginning the false wolf intervals (especially the fifth G#-Eb) are deliberately placed in the strong consonant beats in order to create disruptive ambiguity to an otherwise traditional texture. As the process of ”liberazione” starts taking place, the tension between eight perfectly tuned major thirds and four more or less false thirds are used as a key affective resource. The facinating variety of differently sounding intervals in the meantone temperament is explored to full in the cadenza, where the series of nine decending parallel chords lead the piece to its tranquil epilogue. (O.V. April 2018)
for harpsichord (in meantone temperament)
Fantasia ”Liberazione”, performed by the composer. Private recording.
17 June 2018
Marianna Henriksson, Harpsichord
Zodiac – Center for new dance