: about 7 minutes
commissioned by the Paris Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur
de Musique) was composed in 1981.
The language is not tonal ; from time to time one can remark the use of
microtones imitating a spoken voice.
On the whole the character is rather sustained and passionate.
Like ivy climbing and entwining itself around a treillis, the music is
a spiral progression in which diverse elements continually intermingle,
each one undergoing its own evolution.
These are variations of short motives in a state of perpetual becoming
in which a lyrical development tries to introduce itself.English translation
: Michael Wladkowski
This piece has been played by outstanding cellists, as Dominique de Williencourt
(on the occasion of his first Price of the Paris Conservatory), or Barbara
Marcinskowska, Lluis Claret and Xavier Gagnepain, whose interpretation
was recorded on a CD.
Here is a
review by Elisabeth Sikora in « Diapason » Magazine (february
« With her piece for cello solo, VOLUBILIS, the composer suggests
an interesting splitting of the instrument into two layers holding a dialogue
between each other. »
In the September-October
2003 issue of the review « LEducation Musicale », Gérard
Denizeau wrote about the CD produced by REM :
As for Edith Lejet,
, she develops here, in Trois Eaux-Fortes
for piano and Volubilis for cello as well, such a poignant
poetry - although of exclusively musical essence, therefore impossible
to translate into words - that one may wonder why this music is not broadcast