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La Selva Virgen, En La Selva Oscura

prologue and interludes to Das Lied von der Erde

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Specifications
Region
Europe
Estimated Duration
20 - 25min
Date
2020

ISMN : 979-0-2325-4420-5

Notes on this piece
for chamber orchestra, robots-sculptures orchestra and pre-recorded sounds.

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Commissioned by Fondation Singer-Polignac and Le Balcon

I wanted to extend the dialogue times and worlds that Mahler wrote by a dialogue with the wonderful world of traditions in Colombian rainforests near which I grew up and with imaginaries that are also close to me like networks, robotic arms or evocative soundscapes. This piece is a tribute to both Mahler's Song of the Earth, and the specific place where I grew up.
 
Sculptures made of stones and hand-blown glass by Marion Flament are played by robots and they evoke mineral forces which are very present in Mahler's work. The mirror idea present in The Song text was also used for the conception of the scenography and composition.
 
A traditional marimba that I brought from the Colombian jungle was split in two, and played by two robotic arms. This marimba and the "traditional" souvenirs it implies for me fertilized my music and the orchestra.
 
Pre-recorded sounds includes a text by Gonzalo Arango that also inspired this piece. This text is a melancholic, loving and funny reverie of Colombian jungle.
 
Sculptures et scenography: Marion Flament and Jimme Cloo
Text (excerpt of Memorias de un presidario Nadaista): Gonzalo Arango
Music by computer assistant: Augustin Muller
Development and research of robotic network:  Martin Fouilleul
Instrumentation
Fixed electronics|Chamber Orchestra|Robotic arms network
Recording
Le Balcon at Festival de Saint-Denis - Live. (Excerpt - interludio 4)

Maxime Pascal
Score Details
Format - A4 / US Letter
Pages - 68


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