Frederik Neyrinck (1985*) studied composition with Jan van Landeghem and piano with Piet Kuijken at the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels. He continued his compositional studies in Stuttgart with Marco Stroppa.
He has cooperated with ensembles such as Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, Latvian Radio Choir, JACK Quartet, Nadar Ensemble, I Solisti del Vento, Prometheus Ensemble, and soloists such as Seraphine Stragier, Jenny Spanoghe, and Andrew Blackburn. He is the cofounder of Belgian new music Odysseia Ensemble, as well as member of Plan Libre, a performance based on the ideas of Le Corbusier.
Frank Neyrinck teaches music in Menen and Roeselare.
Contr’action II for instrumental ensemble (2009)
The main idea of the work is to explore the balance between contraction and contrast. The different tempi are contrasted and gradually contracted to one “main tempo” (crotchet = 92), which is to be found at the end of the work. The biggest tempo contrasts happen at the beginning of the work, but the absolute duration of a passage in one tempo is quite long. As the work progresses, the tempo contrasts become smaller, but the individual units also become shorter. This creates a growing intensity and excitement as the composition unfolds.
Aside from the use of the tempi, the work is also divided into five “sections.” The use of articulation and pitch material in any one section is largely the same. This gives each section its own identity, which contrasts greatly with that of the other sections, regardless of the tempo changes.
Soft, unclear passages dominate the piece. The intuitive search for a rich diversity of soft, indefinite sounds and colours was one of the most important aspects in the composition of Contr’action II.
The work’s first performance took place in Antwerp in 2009. The first Polish performance will take place in Wrocław during the 2014 World Music Days.