MENUT Benoît
Musique Symphonique
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When Marc Feldman, General Administrator of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, asked me in early 2016 to write a work in the spirit of Beethoven that could be inserted into a program containing the 3rd Symphony and the Triple Concerto, I was immediately positive. In addition to the undying love I’ve felt for this giant since childhood, the idea of using a form, or the spirit of a musical form, as a common thread struck me as an interesting one. Beethoven is the apostle of structures, an architect of sound and sound space. That’s how I came up with the idea of Scherzo, in a scale corresponding to that of the 3rd Symphony.
I’m referring more to the form of the scherzo than to the number of instruments. It’s a quotation of form, you might say. After an introduction made up of colors turning in on themselves, the three-beat tempo becomes a small minuet, ancestor of the scherzo, then a faster minuet, until the scherzo proper. At its heart is a trio, which I wanted to leave to the sound of brass instruments, like the horn calls of the great Ludwig. The rhythm of the Scherzo from the 9th Symphony, here shifted, also travels within this work.
Dedicated to Marc Feldman, in recognition of all the projects with which I’ve been fortunate enough to be associated with the OSB, this 12-minute work combines double homage with a formal quest that is certainly unfulfilled but very much alive.
Benoît Menut