Giuoco Piano

Farangis Nurulla-Khoja

Giuoco Piano

  • Farangis Nurulla-Khoja
  • Year of composition: 2006
  • Duration: 10:00
  • Instrumentation: saxophone quartet
  • Commission: Quasar, with support from the CCA

Titled after a chess opening, this piece refers to the idea that music fills a vacuum. Like the beginning of a chess game, sound before music is only potentiality. Then to gauge the strengths one must consider all vectors as a whole — moving a piece will always leave an empty square behind. When a sound fills a vacuum, what does it leaves behind?

Farangis Nurulla-Khoja [English translation: Vincent Collard]


  • February 5, 2006, QuasarVoyages: Montréal — Pays-Bas, Salle Beverley Webster Rolph — Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)