Flebili stelle nere


Instrumentation: Fl., Cl., Perc., Vno, Vc.
Prémiere: 7 september 2016, Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori,Livorno, Italy. Ensemble in residence Livorno Music Festival.
Duration: 7 min.

“The soft black stars have already begun to fill the sky” is the closing sentence that I’ve read in a short story by Thomas Ligotti. The phrase “soft black stars” (Flebili stelle nere, in Italian) has been etched in my mind not only for its sound quality and for the acoustic environment that evoked, but also for the musical structure that suggested to me: a small, dark and feeble cell that slowly grows up, multiplying itself and taking shape, and finally folding into itself after its attempt “to fill the sky”.