« Fulgurances »

for harp solo



Dedicated to Anne Ricquebourg and her students

Composition in 2014 and 2015

Duration : 3 minutes 45

Commissioned by "Communauté d'agglomération Grand Paris Sud-Ouest" for the music conservatories, specially the CRR of Boulogne-Billancourt.

Creation :

Harp exam, end of third cycle, CEM (Certificat d’Etudes Musicales) - June 2015

Publishing :

Contact the composer.

Commentary :

This piece is rather melodious. It unfolds very flexible melodic lines and rhythms, with lots of echoes and resonances.
Starting from very low-pitched mysterious sounds, melodic lines emerge. They are generally ascending and they rise more and more. Then comes a turbulent section, with demi-semiquavers in the background, that simulates fulgurances.

After a brief reminder of the previous ascending lines, the music takes another direction and opens onto an episode both lyrical and poetic, leading to a climax, in fact a wide-ranged chord played as loud as possible.
From this chord, the same low-pitched sounds we had heard at the very beginning get released. The piece ends in mystery.