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The Hands of Timefor organ
Instrumentation : Organ
Composition​ : 2018
Commission : the American Guild of Organists for the Biennal National Convention in Kansas City, 2018
Duration​ : 11 mn
First performance : Kansas City, July 5, 2018. Todd Wilson, organ, National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.
Publisher : Gérard Billaudot GB9984
For thousands of years, mankind has sought ways to measure and master time. Since Antiquity observable natural phenomena such as the changing length and direction of shadows or the regular cycle of the moon have been used to measure the passage of time. Today time can be measured with the greatest accuracy and various devices make it more « tangible »
In music, the basic unit of time - the beat - conveys an almost palpable, physical energy, like the oscillations of the pendulum of a clock whose ticking puts an end to silence. In The Hands of Time, the organist?s hands recreate the delicate, constant movement of the hands of a clock and the subtle, perpetual dance of the heavenly bodies among the stars. This almost palpable connection is a preamble to the poetic dimension of the piece.
Bagatelle / Bagatelfor cello solo
Instrumentation : Cello solo
Composition​ : 2017
Commission : Banque Populaire Foundation
Duration​ : 6 mn 30 s
First performance : Orangerie de Bagatelle (Paris), May 27, 2017. First performance by François Salque.
Publisher : Gérard Billaudot (soon available)
Ciaconnafor piano solo
Instrumentation : piano solo
Composition​ : 2015
Duration​ : 3 mn 30 s
First performance : CNSMDP
Publisher : unpublished
This Chaconne begins with a grand but almost imperceptible theme, which is often the case of large landscapes or monuments like the breathtaking Niagara Falls, for example. The extreme simplicity of this theme becomes increasingly turbulent and complex. It is the warmth of romantic piano that I wanted to mention here, but as suggested, dispassionate, giving way to the one soul of the instrument that unfolds before returning to the vastness of the resonance.
Regard vers Agartha / A Look towards Agarthafor 4 hands organ
Instrumentation : Great Organ
Composition​ : 2014
Commission : Orgelsommer in Saint-Leodegar in Luzern 2014
Duration​ : 6 mn 30 s
First performance : July 29, 2014, Saint-Leodegar Cathedral in Luzern (CH) by Béatrice Piertot and Yannick Merlin
Publisher : Le Chant du Monde (available at the end of 2017)
Agartha is a legendary kingdom that would be connected to the five continents through an extensive network of tunnels and underground tunnels. This belief is found in Antiquity. According to legend, there would still be large portions of these galleries, the others having been destroyed by geological shifts. The mystery remains.
Cinq versets sur le Veni Creator / Five Verses on the Veni CreatorGreat Organ
Instrumentation : Great Organ
Composition​ : 2012
Commission : Association Renaissance des grandes orgues de Saint-Remi in Reims
Duration​ : 17 mn
First performance : Saint-Remi Basilica in Reims, September 23, 2012
Publisher : Gérard Billaudot
The five verses composed here constantly employ the original melody of Veni Creator, either in fragmentation, or as long musical phrases. The original plainchant permeates the entirety of this work, even if the musical language and universe are personal creations. This is a Christian, poetic and spiritual work, the music is constantly figuring the text, reminiscent of some baroque composer's way of writing.
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Trois Solos / Three Solosfor organ
Instrumentation : for French Baroque Organ and others
Composition​ : 2011
Commission : Association Francois-Henri Clicquot
Duration​ : 12 mn 30 s
First performance : Dresden Hofkirche (G) June 29, 2011 by Frédéric Champion, Poitiers Cathedral on September 24, 2011 by the composer
Publisher : Gérard Billaudot
These Three Solos require neither a page turner nor a registrant and are of intermediate technical difficulty. Although conceived for a French classical organ of mesotonic temperament, they can equally well be played on instruments of different style and temperament (German baroque organ, Symphonic organ, etc.). It is important that the acoustics of the performance venue be quite resonant.
First performances: Dresden Cathedral (G), June 29, 2011 by Frédéric Champion, Poitiers Cathedral, September 24, 2011 and Pensacola (Florida), October 23, 2011 (J.-B. Robin), Grand Séminaire de Montréal, October 30, 2011 (J. Korndörfer), Chapelle royale du château de Versailles, December 17, 2011 (JBR), Saint-Donat, July 16, 2012 by Vincent Warnier.
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Cercles Réfléchissants / Reflecting CirclesGreat Organ
Instrumentation : Symphonic Great Organ
Composition​ : 2007-2008
Commission : Fondation Marcelle and Robert de Lacour, Lawrence University (Nicholas Bideler), Nontron Association
Duration​ : 31 mn 30 s
First performance : Nontron - Notre-Dame des Ronces (F), Bales Organ Recital Hall (Lawrence, USA), House of Hope (Minneapolis/St Paul, USA), Nantes -Eglise St Nicolas (F)
Publisher : Gérard Billaudot
This work revolves around a central piece entitled Reflecting Circles, the nucleus of the work, which employs a compositional technique of almost absolute rigor in regards to the pitch of the notes. Each note is linked to another via melodic symmetry, either modal or harmonic.
Six other movements are arranged in symmetry around this piece, each being linked to another, using the « reflecting » compositional technique in a more suggestive manner.
1. Cercles de Danses [8'50]
2. Cercles de Vent [4'10]
3. Trait d'union 1 [1'50]
4. Cercles Réfléchissants [3'30]
5. Trait d'union 2 [1'10]
6. Cercles Harmoniques [6'50]
7. Cercles Lointains [5'10]
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L'enfant, le cercle et le vent / The Child, the Circle and the Windfor piano solo
Instrumentation : piano solo
Composition​ : 2008
Duration​ : 6 mn 30 s
First performance : Romain Hervé, October 12, 2008, Auditorium in Alençon - Cour Carrée de la Dentelle (F)
Publisher : SheetMusicPlus
This work is a dialogue between two themes: the "Circle" and "the Child". The Wind is itself evoked by the breath of the dynamic start of the work and by the delicate breezes of the end.
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Trois Eléments d'un songe / Three Elements of a Dreamfor Great Organ
Instrumentation : Great Symphonic Organ
Composition​ : 2004
Duration​ : 11 mn 30 s
First performance : January 24, 2005 during the "Journées de l'orgue contemporain" at the CNSM in Paris (F)
Publisher : Gérard Billaudot (Ref: GB8221)
ERRATA in the score :
- page 6, mes. 14
- page 8, mes. 19-21
- page 9, mes. 37: registrations indication, cancel Réc. and write Pos.
- page 15, mes. 89: pedal, play D and no F
- page 20, mes. 30-32: change F clef on left hand staff by G clef.
Three movements:
1-Frontispice
2-Souffle
3-Crépusculaire Twilight
Three Elements of a Dream is based on two simple musical ideas: three intervals and a twilight harmony which is introductory and conclusive (first chord of Crépusculaire). The poetic frame of the work comes from these elements, and the first two movements are like an anacrusis to the last piece which is deeply peaceful.
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Falaises, miroir de lune / Cliffs, Moon Mirrorfor piano solo
Instrumentation : piano solo
Composition​ : 2003 (revision in 2006)
Duration​ : 6 mn 30 s
First performance : Aude Morales on April 30, 2004 at the CNSMDP
Publisher : Gérard Billaudot
The work begins with the exposure of three ideas: a contemplative melodic theme (illuminated by delicate high notes that evoke a night light), a harmonic theme (in the form of enveloping chords recalling the resonances of a gong) and a dancing rhythm and discontinuous theme, increasingly ubiquitous.
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Regard vers l'Aïr / A Look towards the Aïrfor Organ
Instrumentation : Great Organ (baroque, neoclassical, symphonic)
Composition​ : 2001
Duration​ : 10 mn 30 s
First performance : September 26, 2002, Sainte-Croix de Bordeaux - August 17, 2003, Soissons Cathedral - December 7, 2003, Nantes Cathedral
Publisher : Gérard Billaudot (Ref: GB8222)
Errata: bar 19, the last B of the bar is flat (the B before the C flat).
As the work unfolds, two opposing themes develop, the first getting shorter as the second lengthens. This thematic development unifies a succession of very different atmospheres: the never-ending knell of the opening, the Asiatic mode arabesques which follow it, or the two echoing melodies that bring to mind two children playing chase. The work also brings out several unusual colours on the harmonic stops (Nasard and Tierce), musical evocations of wind and ocean waves. This piece in no way seeks to portray the Aïr Mountains in Niger. The title is simply an invitation to go on a purely imaginary journey and was inspired by the imposing harmonic landscapes of the final pages.
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