The Breaking of the Circle

Jimmie LeBlanc

The Breaking of the Circle has been performed in Montréal and Quebec City…

In Göran Tunstöm’s novel Le Livre d’or des gens de Sunne, The Breaking of the Circle is an imaginary book that exists only in one examplary. This book tells the story of a world — maybe ours — which is falling appart as a result of an unknownable fault…

This piece was written between july 2003 and january 2004, and is a kind of evolving texture. Each moment of the texture is a variation on the idea of the chorus of a pop song called Bodies by Smashing Pumpkins (in which the refrain Love is suicide gave all the basic materials). My approach is based on two ideas: 1- Musical situations derived from chosen “filters” applied on a already existing «image sonore». It’s a kind of recuperation and tranformation of cultural icons which impacts on our sensibility is as real and important as simplistic and paradoxal. 2- Large scale harmonic and durations progressions are composed and then “filled” by chosen motives and their derivations. I offer this piece to my mother’s memory.



  • October 13, 2005, Bozzini Quartet4 générations I, Chapelle Saint-Louis — Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Montréal (Québec)

The Breaking of the Circle

  • Jimmie LeBlanc
  • Year of composition: 2003-04
  • Instrumentation: string quartet


13 Octo 2005
8:00 pm
Série QB
Montréal (Québec)
1 Nove 2005
8:00 pm
Quebec City (Québec)