La Voix des Voiles »
« The Sails Voice »
Duration : around 4 minutes
context of the Sablé Festival, it was Betho Davezac who originated
the project of commissioning five composers on the occasion of the centenary
celebrations of the poet Pierre Reverdys birth.
Each piece for guitar which resulted from this commission was inspired
by a poem chosen within the cycle « la Guitare Endormie »
(1919). Their first performance was given by Betho Davezac on 20 August
1989 at Solesmes Abbey, a dear place to the poet.
Here is a
translation of a review by Roberto Pinciroli in the April/June 1995 issue
of the italian magazine « Il fronimo revista di guitarra »
« The music in the whole first page and large sections of the piece,
made up of chromatic segments to be played pianissimo and quasi parlando
: « comme la voix de quelquun qui marmonne pour lui-même
de façon obsessionnelle » [ like the voice of somebody muttering
to himself in an obsessive way ] is a clear reference to Reverdys
verses (« Et sa voix timide sadresse au passant désolé
qui ne peut pas comprendre ») [ And his shy voice speaks to the
sorry passer-by who cannot understand ].
The form is free, characterized and determined by the alternance of two
instrumental articulations, one made up of the chromatic segments already
mentionned, the other one of large and violent cluster chords.
Numerous are the dynamic colours in rapid succession and the different
colour-tones required from the performer. »
: Max Eschig ; Collection for guitar, Betho Davezac
Distributor : Durand