Trois Chants pour un Noël »
Three Christmas Carols »
to Denis Dupays and the school chorus of Radio-France
1994 - 1995
Duration : 7 minutes 30
to Denis Dupayss wish, then head of the school chorus of Radio-France,
the textures in these pieces are conceived in three-part settings (Soprani
1, Soprani 2, Alti) of harmonic and contrapuntal character.
The music here is generally supported by modal scales.
Each individual melodic line was carefully composed in order to be as
vocal as possible, with expressive melodic contours.
René David is the author of the three poems.
These poems play on the words, specially in term of tones, and suggest
rhythms which the music will seize.
are listened in the following order :
« At that time », which is a narrative song. The interval
of perfect fourth is prevailing, along with compound meters. In this piece
the music has a very flexible aspect, and in a homorhythmic moment of
meditation it gives notice of a childs birth.
« The Magi » : it is a royal march, essentially rhythmical.
Here the basic unit of pulse recurs in groups of two and the prevailing
interval is the third.
A « Lullaby » is the last song of the cycle. Its character
is more dreamy and poetical, in contrast to the previous one.
accompaniment which needs the participation of four musicians was belatedly
added, at Denis Dupayss request, with the purpose of making the
attacks neater, sustaining the voices and creating appropriate surroundings.
It brings together a oboe, a clarinet in B b, a bassoon and one stand
of percussion comprising three tom-toms, a snare drum, 2 chinese cymbals,
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