In a Small Swimming Pool

by Isabel Crespo

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In researching different types of architecture, I became interested in public swimming baths built during the period of the Gründerzeit and Jugendstil in Germany between 1872-1940. As I understand it, many of these public swimming baths have fallen into disuse. They are often left to deteriorate due to the high costs of maintaining them. There is something poetic about public baths that were once a place for social gatherings becoming vacant.
In going through the book The Water Temple, I was captivated
by Dieter Leistner’s photographs of public swimming baths. One
photograph struck me in particular, and it was that of architect
Otto Wilhelm Scharenberg’s Leipzig Municipal Baths built in 1916.
My piece “In a Small Swimming Pool” is based off of Leistner’s
photograph of the Small Swimming Pool that is part of the Leipzig
Municipal Baths.
In the piece, I aim to represent what it would be like to
rediscover one of these baths that has fallen into disuse. The
piece begins tentatively, as if stepping into to the space for the
first time since it has been vacant. Other instruments are added
as the piece progresses, as if they were acoustically filling the
previously uninhabited the space. The piece quickly goes through
four main sections: tentative rediscovery of the space, becoming
comfortable in the space, over-crowding of the space, and chaotic
activity in the space. It ends with a statement that references
the beginning of the piece in an effort to revert to the tentative
feeling of re-rediscovering a space once everyone has gone and the
chaos has subsided.


released March 1, 2017
Isabel Crespo | Composition & Vocals
Garrett Wingfield | Tenor Saxophone
John Sturino | Vibraphone
Skyler Hill | Audio Engineer




Isabel Crespo Denton, Texas

Isabel Crespo is a United States-born Costa Rican-Ecuadorian jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator currently living in Denton, TX. In her original music, she draws on modern jazz, classical music, and trova as her main influences to create a unique and honest sound. ... more

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