Duration : 4 minutes
is a short
piece, composed at Claude Delangles request.
The number of musiciens required is unspecified ; it is intended to be
played by a group of saxophonists from ten to whatever number.
Even beginners can participate in the concert.
The group can be exclusively composed of Alto Saxophons. Nevertheless
Soprano, Tenor and Baritone instruments can take part in the performance.
The Baritone Saxophons will sound an octave lower.
The piece is conceived in five voices, which become six before ending,
when the lower one divides into two.
three distinct parts.
1st part :
A tone cluster of very small ambitus gradually fans out, while its intensity
As soon as the culminating point is reached the music breaks up.
This episode is mainly characterized by the staccato obstinate semiquavers.
2nd part :
It begins with the statement of new elements aimed at becoming the background
: they are very short melodic clauses which follow on from each other
within a limited ambitus, with canonic treatments, the time between entries
being short and uncontroled. Two other strata, conceived likewise, superimpose
their own melody.
On this very fluid and smooth texture, a dialogue takes place between
the lowest and the highest voices.
3rd part :
With a strong beating, this vertical and rhythmic episode will lead to
the final paroxysm.
: Henry Lemoine