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POEMES DE MIDI

based on poems by Katarzyna Fetlińska

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Specifications
Region
Europe
Estimated Duration
11 - 15min
Date
2018

ISMN : 979-0-2325-4240-9

Notes on this piece

The title of the work literally means "midday poems". It is a game of words with the word MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and the word Midi (midday in french). I took this title because the work is literally a compendium of 5 transcriptions for orchestra of 5 poems included in the book Sekstaśmy by the Polish writer Katarzyna Fetlińska; each of the chosen poems gives the title to each movement of the work:

 

I. AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com

II. A sausage in the head

III. Amusement park

IV. The stadium went crazy

V. Kitchen revolutions

 

In order to approach these transcriptions, I first performed a spectral analysis of the poet's voice reading these poems and then transcribed the sequences into MIDI values in order to be able to visualize them in a score. From this model, and thanks to successive drafts, I progressively built the textures of the work, textures that, in spite of offering a great diversity and richness of elements, obey a global dynamic of movement without losing their inner polyphonic structure. In addition to exploiting the acoustic part of the poems, I also explored the world of semantic relationships that occur within them.

 

I have to clarify that my aim in basing on an external model such as the voice is not to make a simple reproduction of it, or to compose a kind of "talking music", but rather to open a space in which I can freely navigate and develop my own intuitions and musical ideas.

Instrumentation
Flute|Flute (2)|Piccolo|Oboe|Oboe (2)|English Horn|Clarinet|Clarinet (2)|Bass Clarinet|Bassoon|Bassoon (2)|Contrabassoon|Trumpet|Trumpet (2)|Trumpet (3)|Horn (French Horn)|Trombone|Trombone (2)|Trombone (3)|Tuba|Percussions|Percussions (2)|Harp|Violin|Violin (2)|Viola |Cello|Double bass|Timpani|Horn (French Horn) (2)|Horn (French Horn) (3)|Horn (French Horn) (4)|Percussions (3)|Harp
Score Details
Format - A3 / Tabloid
Pages - 80


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