Des Fleurs en forme de Diamants »
« Diamond-Shaped Flowers »
for guitar and a group of seven instruments
Dedicated to Olivier Chassain
Duration : 10 minutes
was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture.
It was composed on Olivier Chassains initiative, to be given its
first performance in 1998 in Bordeaux by himself and the « Musique
Nouvelle » Ensemble conducted by Michel Fusté-Lambezat.
The instrumental accompaniment includes : a flute in C, a clarinet in
B b, a bassoon, a marimba, a viola, a cello and a four-string double bass.
It has already been on the programme of several concerts, within various
contexts, with Olivier Chassain,Geneviève Chanut or Betho Davezac
It is a one movement piece whose title, refering to a traditional Japanese
decorative pattern, points out exclusively the poetic aspect and glittering
However a dramatic development will evolve towards a paroxysm and give
this music its real meaning.
When the climax is reached, the beat will suddenly break off, to give
place to a shimmering insert.
A spirit of variation gives shape to this music, that two complementary
scales support. All the parameters generally used in Western polyphonic
music are taken into account, with a special care as far as breathing
is concerned (arsis/thesis).