Roxanne Turcotte

  • Year of composition: 1999-2002
  • Duration: 26:20
  • Instrumentation: ethnic wind instruments and stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0717540196


ISRC CAD500316830

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

A flight over dreams…

[synopsis] The sound journey of a dragonfly (symbol of the island of Hondo, Japan) gone nocturnal on a full moon evening. The buzzing of its wings, a sign of freedom and escapism, leads us through fantastic worlds and various cultures as we journey pass oceans, quiet volcanos and outer space. Its flight is so powerful, nothing can stand in its way. Her grace, light and pure, perfectly matches the lightly golden moon beam. Everything is so quiet in the evening! Sounds become easily audible. It’s the best time to think.

Libellune is structured in eight parts (Métamorphose [Metamorphosis]; départ [take-off]; Orient; Afrique [Africa]; Tropiques [Tropics]; Amérique [America]; Europe; Espace [Space]) and explores topics like freedom, grace, strength, nocturnal life, duality and lightness. Treated sound recordings of human voices represent the libellune (its voice, its ideas, its thoughts); modified and untouched recordings of ethnic wind instruments — raita, kera, suling flute, oja, shakuhachi, ocarina, Native American flute, bansuri, duduk (all performed by Michel Dubeau) — represent the journey; and various acoustic and electronic sound sources represent the flutter of the wings and the stillness of night.

The integration of musical vocabularies from world cultures — an evocation of structures and timbres — illustrates the libellune’s journey. The wind instruments, improvising from oriental, African, Javanese and Latin music scales, polyphonic forms and rhythms, are later used as a discrepancy (echo), shaded and out of phase; in treated rhythmical and melodic canons; in harmonies, sets of timbres and resonances.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]

Libellune was realized in 1999 and 2002 at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and premiered on August 28, 1999 at the concert Acousma d’orchestra (short version) and the concert Nuit blanche (long version) during the Festival international d’art acousmatique et des arts de support Futura (Crest, France). Libellune was also performed on November 18, 2000 at the concert Acousma Femina during the Aujourd’hui Musiques 2000 festival (Perpignan, France). Thanks to the wind instrument player Michel Dubeau.


  • August 28, 1999, Futura 99: Acousma d’orchestra 14, Crest (Drôme, France)