« Lignes et résonances »

(lines and resoundings)

for 11 instruments :wind quintet, string quintet, and percussion


Composed in 2008-2009

Duration : 7 minutes

Commissioned by the Opus Neuf Ensemble

Instruments required :

:1 flute,1 oboe, 1 clarinet in B b, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, 1 stand de percussions comprising 1 vibraphone [F2 to F5 according to French landmarks (double bass' bow needed)], 1 cymbal, 2 bongos, 2 tom-toms, 2 wood-blocks

First performance :

March 21, 2009 in Paris
Rossini Hall, Townhall of 9th district
8, rue Drouault, 75009 - Paris

Publisher :

(please, contact the composer)

Comments :

All this composition emanates from a unique four-note association with a symetrical aspect : E - A - B b - E b.
These notes may appear in the low, medium or high register as well, and be arranged in any order. Besides their harmonic role, they have a polar function and support the whole form.
Displayed at the beginning as the outline of a melody, enriched with a rhythm, they look like an incantatory song starting. From the initial cell, musical lines developp in an almost vocal way. They are often extended by echoes, and generate resoundings.
The piece, from this simple material, unfolds in a series of short variations, while one can remark many contrasts of register and quality in tone, frequent irregular divisions, and sometimes the piling up of several different beatings.
This work was composed between July 2008 and February 2009, at Ludovic Laurent-Testoris' request, for the Opus Neuf Ensemble and his conductor, Mathilde Vittu.