Works

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Category / Instrument
Cello
Duration
4'
Publisher
Published
01/01/1994
Premiere
1994
Viktoria Gantchikova (cello)
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C'est un jardin secret, ma soeur, ma fiancée, une fontaine close, une source scellée...

Note

ln C'est un jardin secret, ma soeur, ma fiancée, une fontaine close, une source scellée... (1976), the form grew out of a set of ambiguities and progressive transformations between different types of sounds: so-called "natural" harmonic sounds (obtained by touching the string lightly at the nodal point), molto sul ponticello sounds (obtained by playing close to the bridge, which releases strong harmonic partials), ordinario, etc... The tempo is never stable but undergoes constant acceleration or slowing down (the model, in this case, is less western European than the Balinese gamelan!). The piece was originally written for solo viola, to celebrate the marriage of two friends, which explains the title (a quotation from the Song of Songs). Later, the Russian cellist Viktoria Gantchikova suggested that l make a version for her instrument with her help - a transcription that highlights certain aspects of the piece. Out of necessity, all of the natural harmonics were transposed down an octave, While the more singing parts remained in the original range, therefore taking advantage of the cello's highly expressive upper register.

Tristan Murail
English translation: Jacqueline Rose,
CD Metier Une rencontre

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1 CD Metier, MSV28590
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Robert Schumann, Fantasiestücke Op.73
Tristan Murail, C'est un jardin secret, ma soeur, ma fiancée, une fontaine close, une source scellée...
Une relecture des Scènes d'enfants (Kinderszenen) Op. 15 de Robert Schumann

Marie Ythier (cello), Samuel Bricault (flute), Marie Vermeulin (piano)

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