Impromptu 2

Yves Daoust

  • Year of composition: 1995
  • Duration: 16:19
  • Instrumentation: piano, synthetizer (Roland JV-80, Max/MSP sampler) and stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: SMCQ, with support from the CALQ
  • ISWC: T0703682443


ISRC CAD500114360

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

I completed this piece thanks to the help of Chopin who, for the occasion, loaned me his Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, opus 66 for piano. All the materials in my piece (aside from a brief allusion to Schumann) come from this work: the harmonic colours, the pitches, but also the agitation in the writing, the overly abundant energy, the tension. A sort of cry expressing the ‘tortures of the soul’ that continue to plague contemporary human beings, in spite of the myth of a liberating technology. We remain unabashed Romantics…


Impromptu 2 premiered on January 30, 1996 by Manuel Schweizer, piano, and Anne Gaudemer, keyboard both from the Ensemble Grame, during the concert Live from Lyon produced by SMCQ at Salle Pierre-Mercure in Montréal. Impromptu 2 was commissioned by the SMCQ with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).



  • January 30, 1996, Manuel Schweizer, piano; Anne Gaudemer, keyboard • Live from Lyon, Salle Pierre-Mercure — Centre Pierre-Péladeau, Montréal (Québec)

About this sound recording

This performance of Impromptu 2 was performed by Jacques Drouin, piano, and Lorraine Vaillancourt, keyboard, recorded at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal by Jean Landry in December 2000, and mixed at the composer’s studio.