Composer: Trevor Bača.
Forces: fl (bass fl), eng hn, cl (bass cl), pf, perc, vn, va, vc.
Duration: 28 minutes.
Page 8 of Fabergé Investigations (2016) for eight players.
The following inscription, written by the composer, appears at the head of the score:
By the start of the revolution in October 1917, workmasters at the House of Fabergé had completed fifty jeweled eggs for the last of the Russian tsars. Forty-three of the eggs survive (auctioned by the Bolsheviks after the revolution) with the others now lost, or the treasure of thieves. Dazzling in ribbons of guilloche, the intricacy of the eggs’ enamelwork gives to these objects their ability to transfix: greens, purples, reds made brilliant in cloisonné. But how to understand the rules of a world that embeds in eggs the wealth of its kings? How slowly must have gone the work at the jewelers’ desks. And how quickly the changes outside.
Fabergé Investigations is a work in progress: only the first six minutes of the score are currently prepared for performance; the duration of the full piece will equal approximately twenty-eight minutes.