was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture for students of elementary
or medium level.
It makes use of contemporary techniques (moderately), and proportional
notation (one compartment per second).
Francis Pierre gave lots of technical and pedagogical directions, which
were taken into account. It was Francis Pierre who had already introduced
Luciano Berio when he was composing his « Sequenza ».
The piece may be played on a 40 string harp. However, thanks to the «
ossia », one can play « Métamorphoses » on a
47 string harp and benefit a better resounding relief (as it is the case
on Catherine Michels CD).
It is not tonal music. Here the music, of modal character, is naturally
supported by seven-note scales : the wish was not to centre the purpose
on difficulties linked to the pedal system.
The performer must turn his attention to everything about phrasé,
tone-colour, articulation, dynamics and, generally speaking, on what concerns
contrast and expression.
The title refers to the gradual metamorphosis undergone by the initial
scale, which is modified pitch class by pitch class, so that the piece
is supported by a scale in perpetual evolution.