Commission: New Music Concerts, for the Penderecki String Quartet, with support from the CCA
To Penderecki String Quartet
This one movement work displays the evolution of one main idea. Briefly exposed in the beginning, it keeps growing throughout the piece, hence the title, Croissant (from “croître”: to grow). From the beginning are grafted: efflorescences; wasp-like flights with surprising irregular fast moves; an incantation on a single repeated sound with quarter tone inflections. It is followed by capricious wandering glissandi passed from one musician to another.
A first development of harmonic blocks with their shadows in a mirrored pattern makes a rhythmic metabol (transformation of rhythm into another rhythm). It alternates with a “Jubilus” (joyful motives) of lute-like groups. A second development elaborates the incantation on repeated sounds, studded with ornamentations and bent by various quarter tone inflections.
This leads to an Adagio, presenting an amplified aspect of the main idea, with the insertion of a whispered micro-scherzo, and various musical comments. Amongst them are the shadow of Mozart (from a short expressive moment of Quartet K 45, second movement) and allusions to the main moments of the work, all leading to an inconclusive finish.
The work was commissioned by New Music Concerts for the Penderecki String Quartet to whom it is dedicated. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts.
- Recording: CD: Centredisques CMC 9003
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Tuesday, February 28, 2017