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Impromptu 2

Yves Daoust

  • Year of composition: 1995
  • Duration: 15:13
  • 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

Stereo

ISRC CAD502210028

  • 48 kHz, 24 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…

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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).


Premiere

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

Composition

About this recording

This version of Impromptu 2, performed by Brigitte Poulin, piano, and David Cronkite, keyboard, and recorded at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in July 2014, was remixed at the composer’s studio in November 2021.

Performers

Recording

Mixing

Remixing