Magic Stars and Their Components

Sergei Zagny
Bridges London: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2006)
Pages 69–72


Magic Stars is the title of a musical work based on mathematical objects of the same name. Six six-pointed magic stars provide six two-dimensional 12-tone structures, which constitute the building blocks of the work. These structures are subjected to analysis, transformations, disintegration and recombination of their components. The parts of the score, which is richly visual, look like tables rather than traditional musical pieces. While pitches (‘space’) are fixed, time is not, giving ultimate freedom to the performer, who may find out his own time and thereby meet quite mathematical and objective things in a very personal and intimate way.