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Compositions for the concert

SUITE FOR SOLO VIOLIN.

The style is contemporary, but in the prolongation of Eugène Ysaÿe's spirit, it is: writing first for the violin, and through the violin, and with the unique goal of transmitting emotions.

1st movement: lento, espressivo, and sonorous, based on the quotation of an original poem:

"…In the heart of my silence

I seek the echo of your smile…"

A continual search, interrupted with silences, interrogations…

2d movement: tormented, brutal, here also on an original quotation:

"… my only star

my only light

In this Ocean where I navigate,

In this storm

my unique compas,

that's the light of your glance…"

From the greatest brutality, slowly emerges a single note : an "A" at diverse heights, bringing slowly calm and peace.

3d movement: Written on a sentence in Wallony dialect, quoted by Ysaÿe in his "Chant d'hiver".

"…despite all,

I seem to perceive

the song from our water,

quivering under the ice."

From a scattering of small, short, trebble notes, sharp as cristals of iced snow when they hit the face, occasionaly interrupted by that A in harmonics, slowly merge the fragments of a melody, sensual and painful…

 

 

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POEM FOR 2 VIOLINS:

the style is the same as in the preceding piece. The two violins taking part equally in the dialogue. Each of the 2 movements has as a title, a quotation, a piece of a sentence, heard or read once as a teenager, and then buried in the memory… original title was actually : Phrases…

First movement: "…the world is a desert!"

Over protracted double-stops, exchanged between first and second violin, phrases, exclamations, interrogations spurt out, melodic fragments, tender or passionate…

Second movement: "…it's born in us, and one must receive it with gratitude…"

From nothing, a haze of small short notes, on random rythms (but within strictly established rules) a melodic line rises slowly, changes, metamorphoses into a song, winding and unwinding itself, from one violin to the other, in a sort of voluptuous game, advancing more and more toward expression and tenderness, and in the same time enlarging the range, finally returning to nothing.

NB: In the joint preview, the general structure of the second movement has been a little (very little) adapted to be used as support for one of the poems from « Drôle de planète », and thus, doesn't follow exactly the rules given for the execution of it.

 

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Compositions for students

BERCEUSE (lullaby) for string quartet

 

Short piece for students at the end of the first year of study.

(semi-tone 2d/3d & 1st/2d fingers)

Conductor and parts.

CHANSON TRISTE (Sad song)

(Dedicated to my daughter, Aurore)

 

Short and easy concert piece (violin & harp or piano) for students in their 3d or 4th year of study.

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Link to the editor:

http://www.lulu.com/content/1027476

Links to the editor:

http://www.lulu.com/content/1017128

Link to the editor:

http://www.lulu.com/content/1016249

Compositions for the concerts : HERE

Compositions for the students : HERE

1st movement

3d mouvement

Preview: first page of the sheet HERE

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