Bipolar Disorder

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Bassoon, Horn in F, Trumpet in C, Harp, Piano, Percussion, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Contrabass

First performance by Tokyo Sinfonietta - 01.07.2011, Tokyo Bunka-kaikan, Tokyo (Japan)


"The essential feature of Bipolar Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Manic Episodes or Mixed Episodes. Often individuals have also had one or more Major Depressive Episodes. []"
(Bipolar Disorder Diagnostic Features, DSM-IV, p. 350)

The piece tries to follow the stream of consciousness of a man who suffers from Bipolar Disorder.
During the piece, there is a recurring process of accumulation of obsessive thoughts (which are built musically by the same motif) succeeded by the distortion and destruction of the established textures. This is a process of realization in very extreme ways of the same musical material.
This process is analogous to the devastating influence of an obsessive thought on such a sick man and leads to extreme different directions and polarities.
The piece deals musically with different kinds of dense textures some built of fast melodic lines, some of long sustained sounds and some from noises and extended instrumental techniques.