voice and guitars

Premiere: February 24, 2019, Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2019: Bach, Beatles, Brady: 150 guitares, Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal, Montréal (Québec)

«Prélude à l’après-midi des guitares» is the fruit of a passionate and fascinating collaboration between me, the SMCQ, the educator Julie Savard and her pupils at the St-Pierre-Claver School. For three weeks, we searched together for a wide range of tones and musical ideas with our guitars and our voices — workshops of free experimentation. The pupils showed themselves to be very creative and intelligent, and, after these workshops, I composed this new piece for voice and guitar intended for them. The work is created from ideas that we imagined together and shows you, in miniature form for young musicians, the capacity of music to surprise, amuse and dazzle us.

[English translation: Oliver Haeffly, i-19]