For large orchestra (2006)


[3(Picc., A.Fl.). 2. 3(B.Cl). 3(Cfg). / 4. 3(Picc.Tr.). 3(Bass Trpt.). 1. / Tp. 3 Perc. / Hp. Piano / Strings]


Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Goethe Institut, Ernst von Siemens Stiftung


10 min.


Rai Com


It’s interesting to see how one word can have such different meanings depending on the context. In the world of music, giga (in Italian, “jiga”) conjures up images of lively dance tunes, while in the realm of technology, it represents a unit of digital storage, commonly used as an abbreviation of gigabyte (mathematicians say 109). Despite these disparate meanings, both interpretations of the word share a sense of energy and movement, whether in the form of a musical performance or the transfer of data.

In my Giga for large orchestra, the primary musical significance of the word is intentionally downplayed, as different movements, figures, and ideas are elaborated and layered on top of it, gradually overshadowing the original underlying concept. A loud and exuberant fanfare, a melodious bass trumpet melody that is both soothing and slightly menacing, sharp and thunderous accents, sinister melodic twists of low-pitched instruments, rapid spirals of notes, and instances of complete stillness all work together to make a progression that is full of interrelationships, resemblances, and correspondences. It is like old parchment (is it better to say a hard disk?) that has been repeatedly written on and erased.

Giga, for orchestra, was dedicated to Hans Werner Henze, with great affection, for his eightieth birthday.


25 September 2012
Milano, Auditorium
Orchestra Verdi
Xian Zhang, conductor

23 September 2012
Milano, Auditorium
Orchestra Verdi
Xian Zhang, conductor

22 September 2012
Milano, Auditorium
Orchestra Verdi
Xian Zhang, conductor

1 August 2009
Montepulciano, Piazza Grande.
Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra
Roland Böer, conductor.

27 June 2006 [WP]
Roma, Parco della Musica.
Accademia di Santa Cecilia.
Pascal Rophé, conductor.
[live broadcast RAI Radio 3]