« Fleurs d’Opale »
« Opal Flowers »

To Geneviève Ibanez
Duration : 5-6 minutes

« Fleurs d’Opale » was commissioned by Lemoine Publisher.
This work, integrated in a collective album which regroups pieces all written at Geneviève Ibanez’s 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.

The score 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 “l’Education Musicale”, Gérard Denizeau wrote:
« …je voudrais attirer l’attention sur deux véritables chefs d’œuvres de sensibilité et d’invention doublés de deux merveilles d’écriture instrumentale, « L’Etang et ses secrets » de Serge Nigg et « Fleurs d’opale » d’Edith Lejet…..La pièce d’Edith Lejet captive par l’obsessionnelle 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 ! »