This piece finds its origine in the commission of the Concours International de violoncelle Louis Rosoor 2019, received in June 2018: the aim was to highlight, through a short composition, the cello, supported by an auxiliary instrument, here the baritone saxophone. A fewdays before, I had the opportunity to discover the beautiful exhibition L’espace est silence dedicated to painter
Zao Wou-Ki at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris.
Texture relationships and mixtures created by Wou-Ki show an demanding but also instinctive thinking; trying to convey both of these notions that may seem antithetical is one of my principal questionnements, and I constantly try to find the appropriate level of control during the writing process, without restricting the primal gesture.
Here, it was all about making the two instruments work together without erasing the cello’s individuality and reducing the saxophone to a simple accompanist.
I hope that the Concours Louis Rosoor’s candidates will find pleasure through the learning process of this piece, where the silence is only perturbed by their own gestures, attempts to appropriate themselves a space in expansion.