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chamber orchestra

In this work I attempted a critical re-evaluation of certain characteristics of Baroque art. More specifically, I tried to revisit and update a musical style known as stilo fantastico, which is deployed in the works of Frescobaldi, Buxtehude and Pandolfi: a style characterized by a rapid flow of highly contrasting ideas and a mosaic-like conception of form, with abrupt variations in atmosphere.

In Les sensations confuses I take the idea of stilo fantastico to its extreme, creating striking textural contrasts and rapid stylistic changes in almost every bar. However, I wanted this heterogeneous material to be unified by a common treatment. The type of treatment of the material which will bring the element of stability to this ever-changing world will crystallize through the notion of oscillation: oscillations of pitch, nuance, timbre, plus rhythmic oscillations, which will saturate the musical discourse.

  • Score available at CMC, Région du Québec.
  • Recording: CD: UMMUS 109