MENUT Benoît
Soprano oboe, flute, piano, bassoon
ISMN 979-0-56025-261-2
conducteur & parties séparées


Henri Dutilleux represented for me the last representative of an era, of a tradition inherited from Fauré or Dukas. Far from the epinal image of what “French music” represents, his work, subtle and strong, reassured me when I was taking my first tentative steps as a composer. This feeling was heightened when we met in 2010 to watch a film about Olivier Greif.
The spirit of freedom combined with extreme rigor: this was the path he encouraged me to follow. So when Laurent Bureau, director of Jeunes Talents, asked me to write a piece in tribute to this great creator, I accepted and immediately thought of a common love: Baudelaire’s poetry.
During a meeting at his home on January 28, 2010, he was still quoting the great poet with relish, in particular certain passages from Fusées.
The word bringing sound, poetry, the twin of music, with its harmonies, assonances, forms, counterpoint… allows me here to pay humble homage to the great musician whose humanity I briefly but deeply felt.
In Fusées, for soprano, flute, oboe, bassoon and piano, verses and phrases from the poetic work (written in 1867) blend together, creating new relationships and assonances. A succession of moments brought together into a new whole, this eleven-minute piece is a kind of Cantata in six parts, with Sinfonia, recitatives, chorale and arias, in which the soprano is a storyteller of multiple stories, the punchline of which will never be known.
Benoît Menut


Additional information

Weight0,350 kg
Dimensions24 × 32 × 1,5 cm

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