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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

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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)
Score Details
Format - A4 / US Letter
Pages - 80


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