Tatra Sketch is an 8-minute, single-movement piece for solo cello.
I’m a cellist myself, and the piece is partly based on improvisation and my search of the boundaries of sound within the instrument. I’ve especially been looking for an ”artificial”, acoustic feedback effect and a feeling of vast spaces. The first sketches for the piece were written in the Tatra mountains in Slovakia, and in my mind, the dramaturgy of the piece is linked to a day-long mountain hike in the fresh, brisk air. There’s climbing, stopping to admire the view, catching your breath, squinting at the ruthless sun, descending, and the occasional stumble.