«La houle à l’assaut
The swell attacking reeves
for cello solo
Dedicated to Aurélienne Brauner
Composition in 2010
Duration: around 6 mn 15
Publisher: Henry Lemoine
I was incited to compose this work thanks to my stimulating meeting with
the cellist Aurélienne Brauner.
As a departure point I chose an evocation of the sea, found inside the
famous Arthur Rimbaud’s poem “Le bateau ivre”: “the
swell attacking reeves”.
However it is not imitative music. I retained the idea of unrest, with
discontinuous movements which always converge to the same centers of attraction.
The changing light creates subtle shimmers in a rather dramatic atmosphere.
Musically a simple four note cell serves as a basis for the whole construction,
with a will for saving means. This cell shows intervals of minor sixth
and perfect fourth which are widely exploited. All over the piece, the
harmonic treatment is carefully controlled, as well as the melodic lines
which ensue, and the large range of tone colors offered by a cello.