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Published on: 1 May 2010

John Zorn: “Goetia” (2002) for solo violin. Jennifer Koh, violin.

Goetia is in fact a demon’s invocation closely tied to numerology. The piece consists of eight variations for solo violin. The work’s guiding feature is that each of the eight movements utilizes the same sequence of 277 pitches transformed by tempo variations, octave displacements, and modifications in rhythm and intensity.

The times of movements are

  1. “Goetia I” – 0:57
  2. “Goetia II” – 2:46
  3. “Goetia III” – 1:07
  4. “Goetia IV” – 1:42
  5. “Goetia V” – 1:12
  6. “Goetia VI” – 1:54
  7. “Goetia VII” – 2:53
  8. “Goetia VIII” – 1:20

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