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Music Text

Claude Vivier (imaginary landscape)


S; 1.picc.0.2.bcl.0- gliss/Chinese gong/Balinese gong/tam-t/t.bells/crot/brake drums/flex/vib/BD-strings(

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Boosey & Hawkes (Hendon Music)

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Brenda Mitchell Hubbard, soprano / l'Itineraire / Yves Prin
Composer's Notes

This work is literally what the title suggests. The main elements of my piece are: a spectrum with regular pulsation moving towards an irregular and individual pulsing; from this pulsing arises a series of short, brilliant lines rocketing towards the highest register. The rhythm thus produced flattens out more and more to become pure duration. Everything becomes homophonic only to break up once again, becoming contrapuntal and stabilizing in an orchestration that becomes ever thinner and moves more and more towards the high register. Finally there is an abrupt return to homophony, moving towards a sound/noise from the whole ensemble, which shatters brutally on a pure interval in order to allow a return to spectral writing.

— Claude Vivier

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Recommended Recording

L'Ensemble de la SMCQ / Walter Boudreau
ATMA ACD 2 2252
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