Œuvre

Notes de programme

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“Je ne vois qu’infini par toutes les fenêtres” (I see only infinity from every window) is a line taken from Le Gouffre (The Abyss) from Charles Baudelaire’s Les fleurs du mal.

For the most part, the piece hovers tentatively on the verge of silence. I imagine the “windows” as the moments where something is revealed, either about the piece or about the listener’s experience of it, that changes the nature of the piece over time.

I decided to take this opportunity to extend, reinterpret and rework for string quartet the main materials of an earlier piece What happens at the house… written for piccolo, violin and accordion in 2011. This piece was inspired by the uncanny experience of reading Mark Z Danielewski’s House of Leaves, in particular, the ways in which the author engages directly with the act of reading itself as a means of structuring multiple layers of narrative. Although this music is non-narrative in essence, I am interested in the ways in which the act of listening shapes the nature of the music as it is received over time, and how listeners construct narratives for themselves as they navigate the listening experience.