toponymy

String quartet and computer [12′].

toponymy is made up of place names in Cyprus that have both a Turkish and Greek name. These names are encoded in the music and heard simultaneously in the soundtrack - Greek name from one speaker, Turkish from the other. These names refer to villages and towns that were once inhabited by either one of the ethnic communities or were bi-communal, but have since the war in 1974, changed population profile and adopted a new name. The renaming of places is a politically sensitive issue in Cyprus as in many other places in the world.

Composed for the Hezarfen Ensmble (Istanbul) - Commissioned by KlangZeit Festival (Muenster) and premiered there January 19th 2014.