Courbes d’étoile(s) I
for solo piano
from the cycle Courbes d'Etoiles I - VI
Paths of shooting stars. Dreamy attitude of the spectator facing the fragmentary decomposition of the molten material. Particles falling into the infinity of the human thought. One day, a friend, physicist, told me about the cosmic vibrations in relation with the sound world. The analogy thus took shape. The atomic fragmentation expresses the mirror of the spectral decomposition. Ears replace the eyes, the time drift our imagination. Calculations and poetry. With a vague question in my mind : could it be possible that the logarithms punctuate the musical waves according to their progressive numbers, creating the rhythm of a spectral harmony ? I believe it. Then, the most complicated was to imagine a relationship between virtuoso piano techniques and the fantasies created by the distortions of musical material. Thus poetry is born from virtuosity.
Courbes d’étoiles I : harmonic obsession until the final saturation, a burst of star. A kernel is in fine visible, a fraction of a second ... then follows the unique silence of the night, appropriate time to discover the spectral subtleties of light.
This page is dedicated to my friend, the singer Josyane Lemaître. It was premiered by Therèse Malengreau at the 1995 Montreal Festival for Contemporary Music (Canada).
(Source: Ars Musica)
Video on youtube (Nao Momitani, piano) :