Luminis (2015) is a set of fantasy variations on original musical motifs. The latin term "luminis" (singular genitive of "lumen" in English) represents the possession of Light. Throughout piece, the original motifs remain relatively unchanged. However the surrounding musical environment changes constantly. As the variations develop, they progressively describe the encirclement of light by darkness. Even when describing musically what could be total darkness, the original motifs remain relatively untouched. This is intended to give Light a ubiquitous quality to state that regardless of the conditions surrounding it, the energy emanating from this point—whatever it may symbolize for us individually—reinforces an inextinguishable radiancy and omnipresence.
The tempi markings for the variations are:
• Muy brillate (very bright)
• Tenue, opaco, débil (Dim, opaque, weak)
• Rodeado de sombras (Surrounded by shadows)
• Total oscuridad (Total darkness)
• Poca luz, tenue, distante (Low light, dim, distant)
• Luz absoluta (Absolute Light)
As the two elements of light and darkness are opposite in that one is the absence of the other, the effect of no change on the original motifs despite the constant change of the musical variations might suggest that, although opposite in nature, they conceive their existence within the same vertex.
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