Birthdays (LP vinyl) Track listing detail

Quelques éclats

Francis Dhomont

  • Year of composition: 2010
  • Duration: 2:39
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

A simple formal sketch: a set of contrasts in intensity and density leading to the final outburst of light. This work was composed for the concert Cadavre exquis musical presented as part of the 25th anniversary of Miso Music Portugal.

[English translation: François Couture, v-12]


Quelques éclats [“A Few Flickers of Brightness”] was realized in 2010 at the composer’s studio in Avignon (France) and was premiered on 15 April 2010 as part of the 25 anos MMP concerts at Instituto Franco-Português in Lisbon (Portugal).


Premiere

  • April 15, 2010, 25 anos MMP — Cadavre exquis musical, Auditório Philippe Friedman — Institut français — Portugal, Lisbon (Portugal)

Le flux des sons

Francis Dhomont

  • Year of composition: 2010
  • Duration: 5:43
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

A short tribute to Annette Vande Gorne for her 65th birthday.

“For you, dear Annette, these few ‘permanences/variations’ in celebration of an emblematic birthday and as a tribute to your successful acousmatic battle.”

[English translation: François Couture, v-12]


Le flux des sons [“The Flux of Sounds”] was realized in 2010 at the composer’s studio in Avignon (France) and was premiered on 9 May 2011 during the concert Hommage à Annette Vande Gorne at Studio 1 of Flagey in Brussels (Belgium).


Premiere

  • May 9, 2011, Francis Dhomont, diffusion • Hommage à Annette Vande Gorne, Studio 1 — Flagey, Brussels (Belgium)

forte-piano

Francis Dhomont

  • Year of composition: 2008, 10
  • Duration: 8:25
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
For my double friend Oscar’s 80th birthday

Oscar Wiggli is a dialogue between strength and delicateness, a contrast between the huge power of completed works and the lightness of drawings, between the clamour of a shop and the quietness of the composer’s studio, between iron and sound, between action and thought. To sketch a portrait of the artist, forte-piano draws inspiration from these dynamic opposites.

[English translation: François Couture, v-12]


forte-piano was realized in 2008 at the composer’s studio in Avignon (France) and was premiered on 20 September 2008 as part of a concert celebrating the 80th anniversary of Swiss sculptor and electroacoustic music composer Oscar Wiggli at Hôtel de ville de Saignelégier (Switzerland). This first version of forte-piano was followed by a second one. The latter version was completed in December 2010; it supersedes the previous one.


Premiere

  • September 20, 2008, Concert, Hôtel de ville, Saignelégier (Switzerland)

Dénaturé Parmé sons

Francis Dhomont

  • Year of composition: 2007
  • Duration: 3:17
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
To my friend Parmegiani

This is a short tribute to Bernard Parmegiani, for his 80th birthday, and to his music. In it I have used the first sound to appear in the first movement (Incidences / résonances) of De natura sonorum (1975) as its triggering and conclusive event. It is obviously used as a quote and a wink.

From this friendly reminder unfolds a sonic fabric of objects with a similar typomorphology. Gradually, the material accrues and gains in density to reach a climax that reveals a tonic pedal point and concludes the piece with the initial ‘bell’ from De natura sonorum.

The untranslatable pun-like title of this piece confirms its circumstantially entertaining nature, although it also is a music clip and an exercise in style.

[English translation: François Couture, v-12]


Dénaturé Parmé sons was realized in 2007 at the composer’s studio in Avignon (France) and was premiered on 20 October 2007 during the 14th edition of the L’Espace du son festival at Théâtre Marni in Brussels (Belgium).


Premiere

  • October 20, 2007, L’Espace du son 2007: Bernard Parmegiani, Théâtre Marni, Brussels (Belgium)

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