piano, synthetizer (Roland JV-80) and stereo fixed medium

Arr. Yves Daoust, 1995

Commission: SMCQ, with support from the CALQ

Premiere: January 30, 1996, Manuel Schweizer, piano; Anne Gaudemer, keyboard • Live from Lyon, Salle Pierre-Mercure — Centre Pierre-Péladeau, Montréal (Québec)

I completed this piece thanks to the help of Chopin, who for the occasion loaned me his Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Opus 66 for piano. I have taken all material for this work from it (aside from a brief allusion to Schumann): the harmonic colors, the pitches, but also the agitation of the writing, the overly abundant energy, the tension. A sort of cry expressing the ‘tortures of the soul’ that continue to plague contemporary human beings, in spite of the myth of a liberating technology. We remain unabashed Romantics…

Impromptu [mixed version, 1995] premiered on January 30, 1996 by the GRAME musicians (France) during a concert produced by SMCQ at Salle Pierre-Mercure in Montréal. Impromptu was commissioned by SMCQ with the assistance of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). The present performance was recorded at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal by Jean Landry in December 2000 and mixed at the composes’s studio. Impromptu [tape version, 1994] was recorded on the compact disc Musiques naïves, empreintes DIGITALes [IMED 9843] in 1998.