Fleurs dOpale »
« Opal Flowers »
Duration : 5-6 minutes
dOpale » was commissioned by Lemoine Publisher.
This work, integrated in a collective album which regroups pieces all
written at Geneviève Ibanezs request, was composed in 1997
during spring time, and premièred at the French Institute of Mainz
(Germany) on 22 april 1999, by Naoko Takayanagi, in the course of a concert
dedicated to Édith Lejet, who at that time was conducting a workshop
of composition at the Gutenberg University.
It is not tonal music. The piece is based on modal scales and makes use
of reverberating sounds which the sostenuto pedal allows :
these sounds may evoke the iridescence of opal.
However the semantic aspect of the title must not be taken into account
: its choice was the matter of a selecting process recalling the automatic
writing practised by the Surrealists.
The formal development is based on an underlying dramatic idea.
At first a restrained scenery is installed : the music, which merely alternates
two chords, unfolds with flexibility.
Then an insistent incantation-like song, meandering around E3, intervenes
and gradually becomes urgent.
The action evolves in an always more intense climate, towards a culminating
point. Then the music stretches itself and takes possession of the whole
acoustic space, while it moves to a stongly beaten universe.
The piece finds its conclusion with a return to the beginning atmosphere.
and CD are published by « Editions Lemoine » within the context
of albums called Piano 20 21.
In the September-October
2003 issue of the review lEducation Musicale, Gérard
je voudrais attirer lattention sur deux véritables
chefs duvres de sensibilité et dinvention doublés
de deux merveilles décriture instrumentale, « LEtang
et ses secrets » de Serge Nigg et « Fleurs dopale »
..La pièce dEdith Lejet captive par
lobsessionnelle beauté de ses motifs mélodiques et
par la richesse harmonique qui nuance tous les effets de timbre et de
résonance. Dans les deux cas, un bonheur pour les oreilles et pour
les doigts ! »