Constellation I

Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux

  • Year of composition: 1981
  • Duration: 18:41
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: GMEB
  • ISWC: T0707603982


ISRC CAD500114620

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

To Françoise Barrière and Christian Clozier

Constant spiral, opposing, conciliating…
Oscillations of the eternity of time…

By analogy, Constellation I is an artificial association of structures (masses, objects, layers…) in strong contrast, each of which, while emphasizing particular elements of the electroacoustical musical language, has a formal profile clearly marked in space and time.

Constellation I, while not a similar electroacoustic version, adopts more or less the same structural organization as an earlier work, Mandala I, for five instrumentalists. Also based on the theory of the mandala, Constellation I depends essentially on the principle of the unification of highly contradictory forces. Montage objects with a high energy potential articulate and fuse together the nine contrasting moments of the piece, which, however, keep their own configuration in a vast gravitational movement.

Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, March 15, 1982

Constellation I was realized in June 1981 in the studio of the Groupe de musique expérimentale de Bourges (GMEB—now IMEB—France) and premiered on June 9th (or 10th?), 1982 during Synthèse, the Festival international de musique expérimentale de Bourges (France, 1982). Constellation I was commissioned by the GMEB. This work exists in two versions: one for the concert (presented on this disc), and one for dance (choreography by Martine Époque premired on July 28, 1983 at The Banff Centre for the Arts).


  • June 9, 1982, Synthèse 1982: Concert, Bourges (Cher, France)