LHomme qui avait perdu sa Voix »
« The man who had lost his voice »
Duration : 34 - 41 minutes
was commissioned by Radio-France, as a play of radiophonic .musical theater.
It lasts fourty-one minutes.
However it was necessary to produce another version, shortening the piece
directly from a copy of the tape, in order to allow its broadcasting within
the context of thirty-five minute programmes
« LHomme qui avait perdu sa voix » is purely and simply
a musical which easily can be staged.
It concerns four singers (Bass, Baritone, Tenor, Mezzo-Soprano) and eleven
instrumentalists (flute, clarinet, horn, trumpet, 4 stands of percussion,
piano, violin, double bass).
by René David :
- « Help ! help ! » a man shouts in the street.
- « What happens ? » three passers-by inquire. « What
happens to you ? »
But the man has difficulty in giving explanations, since he has just lost
... - « What ? - His voice ! - Your voice !... Dont worry
», the passers-by assert, « we are going to find it back...
» And they go in search of it ... And actually in the city they
find many varied lost voices, that they hasten to bring him ... But he
refuses them because no one is his, not even this superb bass voice that
he adopts enthusiastically.
- « From now on, this voice is mine » he states, in a frenzy
But this vocal change will cause other very unexpected changes, in fact
of an extract from a letter dated 27/08/1987, written by Henri Dutilleux
after listening the piece on radio :
« It is a real success and you found the unusual tone so perfectly
in accordance with what you delivered to me about the spot (thanks to
the notice joined to your letter) : very fortunate choice of the instrumental
complex, suitable special effects, use of multiphonics and microtones,
very skilful use of percussion, declamation a little bit « cranky
» (just as needed), impressive progression leading to gigantism
when coming to an end - all this while going through amusing episodes
- like at beginning this curious little march which supports the characters
in search of the voice, a certain « Ubuesque » side (at least
I felt this way).
There are my impressions jumbled together. »
: Éditions Radio-France