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To Jean Thorel
Composed in 2005
Duration: 4 minutes
Commissioned by the “Ensemble Orchestral Stringendo” (EOS)
Premièred in Paris, Annex of the 14th district’s town hall
12, rue Durouchoux, 75014 - Paris
on June 14th, 2005
Hommages was composed during springtime 2005, on Jean Thorel’s request.
Following his wishes, this page of music borrows its instrumentarium from
the original version of Le Roi David given in Mézières near
Lausanne on June 13th, 1921; the number of Honegger’s instruments
is reduced to only eight [flute taking piccolo, oboe, clarinet in B b,
bassoon, horn, trombone, percussion (one instrumentalist), double bass].
Three musical cells, right away subjected to modifications, were also
borrowed from Le Roi David: they are the only building material used in
Besides paying homage to Honegger, Jean Thorel and EOS, this work also
refers to two composers it was dealt with at the Paris Conservatory (“Twentieth
Century Music” course, 2005 programme): “rhythmical characters”
or permutations that Messiaen just loved are exploited, as well as symmetries
and bridge forms, so frequent in Bartok’s music.
Such are the circumstances in which this piece was composed, in remembrance
of Honegger’s oratorio, although Le Roi David was more popular in
the fifties than it is nowadays.