Hérésie ou les bas-reliefs du dogme

Jacques Tremblay

  • Year of composition: 1990
  • Duration: 21:31
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0702859366


ISRC CAD509813330

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“Shaped by the reigning collective moral ideal, the heart of man has become a ‘cave of bandits,’ […] insofar as he is normally ‘adapted’ to his surroundings, the greatest follies, yes, the greatest infamies committed by his group will not bother him and will not disturb, in appearance, the calm of his soul, as long as his fellow citizens and peers believe in the high morality of the reigning social organization. ”

Carl Gustav Jung

This quote from Dialectic of the Self and of the Unconscious clearly defines the attitude I was questioning when I began this work. I found it unbelievable to see all the cruelties that man has committed in the name of God. I had found my subject.

The quotes I use form a series of historical reminders of these various abuses. From the Inquisition to preachers, from papal pirouettes to Saddam Hussein, the work is a statement of facts in which the dichotomy between the subject and the cause is visible. When the cause no longer ennobles or enriches the subject (the preacher), it shifts from idealism to materialism, from heart to reason, the latter becoming almost deified in a cult where cruelty becomes reasonable. The use of a mantra is a call to the memory of the essence of man.

‘Amaram Ham Maduram Ham’ means ‘I am blessed, I am immortal.’

Hérésie ou les bas-reliefs du dogme [Heresy or Dogma’s Bas-relief] was realized in 1990 in the studio of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and mixed at the composer’s studio. The work premiered in May 1990 at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Hérésie ou les bas-reliefs du dogme was awarded Second Prize in the Hugh Le Caine Award of the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (Canada, 1992). Thanks to Gisèle Poirier, Carroll Hoelscher, and Frédérique Hadoux.


  • May 1990, Concert, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)