Triptyque pour orgue »
« Triptych for organ »
Duration : about 18 minutes
composed in 1978 -1979, was commissioned by Radio-France. It was created by Bernard Fouccroule at the organ loft of the church "Notre-Dame-des-Blancs-Manteaux" in Paris on May 12, 1980 in the series "Cycle d'orgue de Radio France".
This composition was conceived for a three-keyboard instrument and searched for its main typical features in :
- contrasting colour-tones
- contrasting melodies and registers
- very flexible rhythm with no clear beat
- a type of non-functional harmony, only aiming at making sounds thicker.
the work is divided into three distinct movements, which take advantage
of various specific possibilities of the organ, but are not directly linked
to each other by similar motives.
The first one
brings out echos and resonant sounds.
A low punctuation like an intense breathing that becomes more and more
panting makes the pressure increase towards a paroxysm, after which melodic
elements and echos take again the foreground.
The second one
draws its inspiration from the sound of far-off bells, here materialized
by two alternating chords.
The third one,
more developed, is a long rise in pressure, built on a few motives in
ostinato. Then follows the gradual return to a state of calm, using the
same motives, on which a kind of high-pitched prattle comes up and takes
responsibility for the extinction of this « decrescendo ».
Here is the
translation of a review by J.M. de Montremy, inserted in the newspaper
« La Croix Lévénement » dated Tuesday
21 january 1986, about the concert given at the « Maison de Radio-France
»s auditorium by Georges Guillard on the 14 january 1986.
« The concert started with a creation of the « TRIPTYQUE »
by Édith Lejet, a disciple of Jolivet : the composer emphasizes
the organs colour and makes it sound admirably in a brilliant way
with the most restrained style possible. It proves that poetry and architecture
can get on very well together. »