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Lune noire

Patrick Ascione

  • Year of composition: 1987, 89
  • Duration: 19:54
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Ina-GRM

Stereo

ISRC CAD509511180

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
To Évelyne

Through the play of opposites and the confrontation of unique forms, the piece develops the evolving discourse of this combination to the detriment of the evocative power of the sounds themselves. These ‘painted’ forms (more pictorial than musical in their conception) are a means of integrating the sound colors (a non-synæsthetic perception) with the quasi-plastic gestures of their temporal disposition. However, the sonorities are employed less for their semantic value than as a pretext for the elaboration of characteristic formal metamorphoses whose function is to imprint, upon their return, a role and a unity, an accent particular to these sounds. A crossing which symbolizes the obscurity to be overcome, the successive stages of fascination; incomplete poles of illusion or of reason.

Lune noire (Black Moon) is composed of two almost equal parts punctuated by Thème de Lilith (Theme of Lilith), a short isolating movement or interlude. Each of these two parts treat the two contradictory poles of this great astrological subject: the first, Lac noir (Black Lake), of the transmutation towards disintegration; the second, La porte étroite (The Narrow Door), of the transmutation towards a state of freedom.


Lune noire was commissioned by the Ina-GRM and was produced in 1987 at the Ina-GRM studios. The work was premiered on February 15, 1988 at the Grand Auditorium of Maison de Radio France during the Cycle acousmatique series. It was selected for the 1st Prix international Noroit-Léonce Petitot (Arras, France, 1989) and, for that occasion, was recorded on the compact disc Prix international Noroit-Léonce Petitot (NOR 1) in 1990.


Premiere

  • February 15, 1988, Cycle acousmatique 1988: Concert, Grand Auditorium — Maison de la radio, Paris (France)

Sur champ d’azur

Patrick Ascione

  • Year of composition: 1984, 86
  • Duration: 20:42
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Ina-GRM

Stereo

ISRC CAD509511190

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
To my daughter

Alternating regions of tension and repose, of tempestuousness and peace, like the heavens. Cloudy, scattered, stormy or bright, clear skies or night skies, they always essentially derive from a foundation of azure…

FIELD Coat of arms. The surface of a shield. A lion rampant in a field of sky-blue.The field of a medal, of an enamel: the area upon which one engraves, upon which one paints.

— (Le Petit Robert Dictionary)


The first version of Sur champ d’azur [In a Field of Azure] was composed at the Groupe de musique expérimentale de Bourges (GMEB) in March and April, 1984 and premiered on June 8, 1984 at the 14th Bourges International Festival of Experimental Music and subsequently presented on June 13, 1984 at the same festival in a concert of works chosen for the 1st International Rostrum of Electroacoustic Music (IREM) (Bourges, 1984). Sur champ d’azur was commissioned by the Ina-GRM. The present version, entirely revised in February and March, 1986 at the Ina-GRM studios, was premiered on March 24, 1986 in the Grand auditorium of Maison de Radio France during the Cycle acousmatique series.


Premiere

  • June 8, 1984, Synthèse 1984: Concert, Bourges (Cher, France)

Valeurs d’ombre

Patrick Ascione

  • Year of composition: 1986
  • Duration: 25:19
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Ina-GRM

Stereo

ISRC CAD509511200

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
To my parents

This composition arises in part from the forms employed and from the confrontation of sequences between the formal units in an attempt to establish, by the opposition of diverse sections, a situation of tension from which should emerge a significant form of discourse whose meaning can only become apparent after such a necessary approach.

A slow metamorphosis in successive strata and waves of sound material evolving towards an intricacy of constituent elements before reaching a point where an increasingly perceptible dramatic decor is established with, in conclusion, the liberation of the accompanying forces and their collapse.

Valeurs d’ombre (Values of the Shadow) represents the exploration of a somber region of dark sonorities of the electroacoustic palette, and is also therefore a quest for the light. The juxtaposition of these zones, which, although desolate in appearance, are nonetheless distinguished by their plurality of relative values, was the principle objective of the work.


Valeurs d’ombre was commissioned by the Ina-GRM. The work was produced in November 1986 at the studios of the Ina-GRM and premiered on January 21, 1987 at the Auditorium 105 of Maison de Radio France as part of the Cycle acousmatique series.


Premiere

  • January 21, 1987, Concert, Studio 105 — Maison de la radio, Paris (France)

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