Pulse is an energetic and rhythmic work
that draws its inspiration from the Brazilian percussion of Batacuda without sacrificing a musical language both fully contemporary and personal. A darting, two-voiced theme emerges progressively. Distant and mysterious, it leads to a rhythmic, dancing motif that will continue to be developed throughout. The composition expresses itself around these two thematic elements, which form the building blocks of the whole. Through them, the listener travels
to the heart of a pulsating world in which saxophones resonate with force and colour. Purchase the score here
Also available in CD by Ellipsos Quartet. United Colors Album, NoMadMusic CD label.
Sur un Sommet / On Topfor wind trio
Instrumentation : Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon
Composition : 2016
Commission : Orchestre des Pays de Savoie
Duration : 13 mn
First performance : Saturday March 25, 2:30PM, Annecy Hospital by Hugues Lachaise, oboe - Richard Malblanc, clarinet - Nicolas Cardoze, bassoon.
Publisher : Gérard Billaudot
This work describes the ascent of Mont-Blanc by three musicians of the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the orchestra.
Details of movements:
1. Jubilations (1 mn 20 s)
2. Nuit (1 mn 30 s)
3. De l'aube vers les cimes / From dawn to the summit (4 mn 20s)
4. Les marches au Sommet / The steps at the top (3 mn 30s)
5. Postlude (1 mn)
1 - Dancing Stars (Les étoiles qui dansent)
2 - Glimmer (Lueur)
3 - Passage into the Underworld (La traversée des morts)
This work is a slow journey to death until the notes forming the name of DUTILLEUX emerge. (D=Ré, U=Sol,... in the French Sol-Fa system) Les étoiles qui dansent (Dancing Stars) is constructed upon a theme revolving around a central note. Alternately rhythmic or lyrical, this pattern makes way for a second theme that will grimly collapse in the end. Lueur (Glimmer) alternates a pizzicato nocturnal dance and the sound of plaintive voices (arco) in the upper register of the instrument. Halfway through the movement, the death-like atmosphere is dispelled and the mood becomes meditative with the return of the 'Étoiles' theme.
In the beginning of La traversée des morts (Passage into the Underworld), the cellist's bow evokes the oars of Charon's infernal boat in Greek mythology. The tempo increases until the enunciation of the notes that form the name of DUTILLEUX, to whom this work is a tribute. An infernal outburst brings the piece to its conclusion. Purchase the score here
Récits héroïques / Heroic Talesfor trumpet and organ
Instrumentation : C trumpet and organ
Composition : 2013
Commission : Amis de l'orgue d'Urrugne
Duration : 12 mn 30 s
First performance : August 5, 2013, in Urrugne by Romain Leleu, trumpet and Jean-Baptiste Robin, organ
Publisher : Gérard Billaudot (Ref: GB8222)
These three "Tales" may be performed separately or as a unit. They are inspired by a legend related to the Siege of La Rochelle in 1627-28. Appel (Call) is an evocation of the Hendaye sailors who made to La Rochelle to support the French fleet. L'ange noir (Back Angel) depicts the dead calm sea as the vessels come close to their goal and the wind suddenly abates: the sailors pray to the Virgin Mary for a favorable wind. Epopée (Epic) reflects the dangers and confusion of naval warfare and the French sailors' restored hope. Purchase the score here.
Instrumentation : 8 clarinets in B flat and 1 bass clarinet
Composition : 2007
Commission : CRC in Persan for the Musique à l'Encre Fraîche festival
Duration : 8 mn
First performance : May 11, 2007, clarinet class in Persan Conservatory
Publisher : International Music Diffusion (IMD717)
This piece in three parts is composed around a theme based on a major sixth interval (lyrical) and mirror writing processes.
In the first part, very rhythmic and tormented, the main melody of the piece is heard in the background. Harmonic music follows with colorful swings and surrounded by fragmented memories of the beginning of the piece. Purchase the score here.
Reflected FacesString quartet, harp, flute and clarinet in B flat
Instrumentation : String quartet, harp, flute and clarinet in B flat
Composition : 2006
Duration : 8 mn
First performance : June 21, 2005 by members of the Philharmonia Orchestra ? Royal Festival Hall in London ? Music of Today
Publisher : unpublished
This piece was inspired by The Snow Queen, one of Hans Christian Andersen's tales describing an evil mirror which distorts real life, rendering it ugly and negative.
The story is illustrated by many symmetrical effects influencing various elements of the work. The opening modal and polytonal idiom is intended to evoke a magical realm, while the second part inhabits a completely chromatic world. After this change comes the third and final part: an absolutely precise recapitulation of the first, except that all silences/rest have disappeared. This simple technique radically transforms the nature of the musical material.
First performance : Novermber 17, 2006 , le Lieu Unique/Nantes - November 21, 2006, Festival Est-Ovest/Torino - december 14, 2006, Weimar Hochschule für Musik
Publisher : unpublished
Impulsion is based on a constantly repeated melody and each new intervention is transposed from the last note of the "theme". Combining passacaglia and variation, this melody naturally goes through the cycle of twelve sounds.
This piece also presents numerous chords and reflective modes: writing procedures recently devised by the composer.
But for the listener, these hidden structures give way to rhythmic music, built by strata, and characterized by ascending lines and impulses that continue to suspend the discourse to extreme tessitura. These energies are erased at the center of the work (measure 97), the content and form are then reflected in a spread clarity.
This work was composed for my friends from the Utopik Ensemble in Nantes.
Etoile intérieure / Inner Starfor piano and organ
Instrumentation : piano solo and organ
Composition : 1999 (revision in 2015)
Duration : 4 mn 30 s
First performance : October 11, 2007 in Sainte-Radegonde Church in Poitiers by Alain Villard, piano and Jean-Baptiste Robin, organ