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  • "Mirrors"
  • Maria Mannone (bio)

Mirrors produce symmetries and make the world deeper.

A short, ironic musical theme, as a single arpeggiated chord, is mirrored through time. The short theme and its retrograde, taken together as question and answer, form a palindrome.

Palindromes are here and there in this piece, like a game of mirrors.

Written during the lockdown, the terrible March 2020 when Italians were closed in their homes, "Mirrors" is an homage to symmetry and to the way in which mirrors seem to enlarge indoor spaces.

In physics, "symmetry" is an invariance with respect to a change. As the physics Nobel Prize winner Franck Wilczek said, this is a "Change without a Change." In music, there can be mirroring of structures of counterpoint (as used by Luigi Cherubini) or invariance with respect to pi/2 rotations in one-page piano piece (Gaetano Giani Luporini), and mirror-playability of a violin duet (Mozart). The piece "Mirrors" (using vertical mirrors with respect to the score) is inspired by classic music techniques and by physics, whose transformations shed light on mysterious mirrors.

The score is in C. The piece can be performed with a flute or, transposed, with a flauto d'amore in A. "Mirrors" was composed for the flutist Ginevra Petrucci, who first performed and recorded it within the "Flauto d'Amore Project." The recording is available at [End Page 87]

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Maria Mannone

maria mannone is an Italian theoretical physicist and composer who is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Ca' Foscari University of Venice–European Centre for Living Technology. In Italy, she attained her master's degrees in theoretical physics, piano, composition, and conducting and also gained a master's in acoustics, informatics, and signal processing applied to music (ATIAM) from IRCAM-UPMC Paris VI Sorbonne. Her PhD is from the University of Minnesota. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on mathematics in order to connect music and images from nature. Her most recent books are Mathematics, Nature, Art and Simmetrie fra Matematica e Musica (Palermo University Press).



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