Works

File
Category / Instrument
Ondes Martenot
Duration
9'
Publisher
Published
01/07/1982
Premiere
02/03/1984
Paris
Cité des Arts
Françoise Pellié
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La Conquête de l'Antarctique

Note

According to Tristan Murail, the title alludes to the optimistic modernist period of the 1920 and '30s - when the onde Martenot and other electronic instrurnents were born - a time in which in which artists like Delaunay, Léger and Dufy celebrated the triumph of new discoveries. lt is based on successive transformations of a low D-sharp, out of which the harmonic content progressively evolves. This is written from the whole frequency Spectrum tempered and non-tempered, underpinning the use of micro-intervals. Murail plays a lot on the ambiguity between different ways of playing: keyboard or ring, resonance from loudspeakers or resonances played.

Augustin Viard
Translation: Nadia Ratsimandresy

Recording

1 CD ReR, RERV1, Les Nuages de Magellan
Ensemble Volta

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