Dutilleux, Mystère de l'instant
Dutilleux, Mystère de l'instant
by Andrew Lindemann Malone
Paul Sacher commissioned Mystère de l'instant (Mystery of the instant), for twenty-four strings, cymbals, and percussion, from Henri Dutilleux. Dutilleux repaid the favor by dedicating the work to Sacher and making its ninth movement a fantasy on a transcription of Sacher's name into musical notes. Mystère de l'instant is an oddly structured work, even for Dutilleux: ten short movements with evocative titles, unconnected to each other except that they are played in sequence without pause, apparently without reaching any obvious goal. Yet all of the titles have something to do with the act of musical creation, and it may be this "instant," and it's the startling beauty and power, that Dutilleux wishes to explore. As a series of meditations on the composer's art, they make a strong impression. The work begins with the movement "Appels" ("Calls"), and the very high, hollow harmonies that eventually descend glossily into richer chords seem to evoke the "compositional space" between high and low tones that Dutilleux explored in Timbres, Espace, Mouvement. From there, some movements, like "Echos" and "Prismes," explore basic techniques of composition; "Echos" bounces a very slow idea back and forth between sections of strings, and "Prismes" refracts another idea by changing its pitch, dynamics, and timbre almost continuously. Other movements discuss basic compositional materials, like "Choral," with its solo string hovering over a low harmonic base. Movements like "Rumeurs," with its low chords rising to fever pitches and finally coalescing into a noise like a swarm of bumblebees, or "Soliloques," with its solo violin voice silenced in the middle, seem like personal ruminations about the act of composing in the world. Even the movement "Metamorphoses (sur le nom SACHER)" speaks to creation, since Sacher provided the impetus for the work's creation. Throughout, Dutilleux appropriately indulges his love of sound for sound's sake; there is no lack of gorgeous noises from the strings, and the battery of percussion is extensive and tastefully used. Dutilleux's timbral palette never fails him, and if perhaps no work of music can adequately convey the mystery of creation, Mystère de l'instant certainly makes a bold and worthy attempt.
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Métamorphoses (sur le nom Sacher)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_DutilleuxTraducir esta páginaHenri Dutilleux (born 22 January 1916 in Angers, Maine-et-Loire) is a French composer who was most active in the second half of the 20th century. His work ...
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