Presto con fuoco (1997) by Beat Fürrer
for flute and piano

The underlying idea behind Presto con fuoco is increasing accelleration, which ends in glacial petrifaction. At the end, the rapid runs of the flute are filtered out sounding only here and there as a speck of light in the night, a sound breaks through, the same goes for the piano. This suggests that the imagined catastrophe turns into a kind of utopia. At the beginning the two instruments act without relating and communicating with each other — the piano plays percussion — like Morse sounds, the flute switches from noisy to soundless movements then gradually closes in on its "normal" sound at the end. At similarly textured passages in Fürrer’s compositions, a language of interaction and mutual understanding can be heard. The presumption that this also symbolizes the occasion of this odd piece (Presto con fuoco is dedicated to "Barbara and Peter" for their marriage) is, however, denied by the smiling composer.

[from program for May 28, 2008 concert]