Commissioned by the CRR de Versailles for its post-graduate students, Partita is written for period instruments instruments: traverso, baroque oboe and viola da gamba.
I wanted to appeal to the mixed, ethereal and particularly powerful timbres of these instruments. Of course, in some respects, these instruments are not as fast as today’s instruments. but it is precisely this constraint that is so exciting.
For example, Véhément, which opens with a rather dissonant viol cadenza, soon takes us into a dance into a dance reminiscent of the Baroque spirit. Still in the spirit of the period, the Déploration in Variations is based on a harmonic cell developed in each variation, with even even ornamented melodic turns that recall the spirit of the ancients.
The Ground, for its part, evokes the spirit of an English passacaglia, of an obstinate bass, even if here it is arranged in all the right places. though here it is arranged in all registers, like a spinning top ornamenting itself.
The work ends as if in a dream, where the pizzicati of the viol mark inexorable time, where only the resonances where only resonance and memory remain.
|Dimensions||32 × 24 × 2 cm|