Espaces Nocturnes »
was commissioned by Radio-France and composed in 1976.
It lasts around 17-18 minutes.
It was intended to be performed by a small group of eight instrumentalists
- flute in G
- clarinet in Bb
- bass clarinet
- percussion (2 stands)
Here is a list of the percussion instruments :
- 3 kettledrums
- 2 tom-toms
- 1 marimba
- 1 vibraphone
- 1 gong
- tubular bells
- 2 temple blocks
- 1 slide-flute
This piece, conceived in one and only movement, is a kind of long improvised
song, structured by some simple recurrent elements which act like obsessional
features and landmarks.
The flutes play an important part.
The rythm is very flexible, like most sounds produced outdoors in the
middle of the countryside.
In a rather refined ambience, while the melodic line is progressing, one
can remark echoes, freely imitative motives, contrasting ponctuations....
This music is not really descriptive. One has to consider it as a spontaneous
song reminding us of nocturnal music in the wild.
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