Mélancolie d’un lieu (2008)


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Programme notes

Inspired by Claude Vivier’s Et je reverrai cette ville étrange.

Unlike some music that reveals itself with time, Claude Vivier’s Et je reverrai cette ville étrange grasped me from the moment I heard it. Its appeal was immediate, a feeling of unconditional love, a sort of recognition or déjà vu. Mélancolie d’un lieu is an impressionistic tableau based on Vivier’s piece. The graphic score (a vague representation of a city) reproduces the structure Vivier set in place: the same duration and number of movements, a similar use of percussion, and frequent use of tutti performance. Each movement is site specific: the cathedral, the harbor, parks, monuments, and avenues. The musicians play textures rather than melodic lines.