Les ailes de l’augure

Elizabeth Anderson

Les ailes de l’augure

  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • Year of composition: 2020-21
  • Duration: 14:00
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Commission: Musiques & Recherches

A warm summer evening floating under a crescent moon. Years of searching, wandering and questioning suddenly come to a halt in the breathlessness of the present moment where gravity is suspended.


To express this, Les ailes de l’augure entwines themes of realism, fantasy and surrealism from different spatial perspectives that are often aviary in nature and vary depending on the type of species and their habitats yet which are perceived through, and adapted to, the human senses.

Initial sound material for the work was recorded in Belgian forests, at the Zwin nature reserve at the North Sea coast as well as indoors.

The title is inspired by the French surrealist essayist, poet and writer, André Breton.


Les ailes de l’augure is a commission from Musiques & Recherches. The work was realized in 2020-21 at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio at Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium) and in the composer’s studio. I am grateful to Bonnie Sher, the Takats family, and Annette Vande Gorne for their assistance.


  • October 24, 2021, L’Espace du son 2021: Concert-portrait: Elizabeth Anderson, Théâtre Marni, Brussels (Belgium)