- Year of composition: 2000
- Duration: 12:00
- Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
- Publisher(s): Ymx média
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Il y a… il y avait des fleurs (There Are… There Were Flowers) is a dramatic programmatic work in which the main character is humankind represented in its modern form (progress, individualism, power, the all-encompassing media chaos), which is often rather close to its primitive state (birth, survival instinct).
The starting point for Il y a… il y avait des fleurs is one of my own texts, Les enrobés (The Blinkered Ones), about loosing control. The sonic mood in the first movement, where this text is fully included, gives a good idea of the general atmosphere of the piece.
Les enrobés (The Blinkered Ones)
The gunshot is heard
The curs kill two thousand dogs
Weapons are high in hand
And tears hang on to ass
At the starting shot, very very early
A walk for hoofed humans
The sect of cloistered screens
For devilish thinkers
Committee meeting: Company
All levels are on the program
The President snorts up a few grams
“First Item: obsessions…”
Have a pleasant evening!
[English translation: François Couture, x-07]
Il y a… il y avait des fleurs was realized in 2000 at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and premiered in June 2000 at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Recorded reader: Martin Leclerc. It has won Second Prize at the Hugh Le Caine Electroacoustic Music Award of the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (Canada, 2002).
- June 2000, Concert, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)