Objets retrouvés

Francis Dhomont

Objets retrouvés has been performed in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Aberdeen, Berkeley, Bogotá, Bourges, Brussels, Cagliari, Cologne, Córdoba, Karlsruhe, Lisbon, Marseille, Montréal, Nagoya, Nevers, Osaka, Paris, San Francisco, Stockholm, Toronto and Vienna…

In memory of Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995)

Both a lamento and a funeral march, this paraphrase of Pierre Schaeffer’s Étude aux objets is not without connection to ornate, figured choral style. Three voices (in the contrapuntal sense of the term), developed from elements drawn from the first movement of the Étude, embroider and animate the long values of the original subjects that make up the “choral,” which constitutes the fourth voice of this polyphonic composition. The choice of a classical form, so important in Bach, was a conscious one that was designed to honor the memory of Schaeffer. I like to think that he would have enjoyed the allusion.

[English translation: Tom Carter]

Objets retrouvés [Refound Objects] — 1st of the 4 works in the Cycle du son — was realized in 1996 at the composer’s studio with sound material obtained from the SYTER system of Ina-GRM, and it premiered on May 31, 1996 at the Hommage-Tombeau de Schaeffer concert as part of Synthèse, the Festival international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges (France, 1996).


  • May 31, 1996, Synthèse 1996: Hommage-Tombeau de Schaeffer, Théâtre Jacques-Cœur, Bourges (Cher, France)


Objets retrouvés (1996), 5:20
stereo fixed medium



Date Work Program
October 31, 2006 Francis Dhomont, Objets retrouvés (1996), 5:20 Délire actuel / CFLX 95.5 FM (Canada)
April 17, 2007 Francis Dhomont, Objets retrouvés (1996), 5:20 Ning Nong Radio / WZBC 90.3 FM (USA)
December 20, 2010 Francis Dhomont, Objets retrouvés (1996), 5:20 Électrain de nuit / France Musique (France)
July 29, 2013 Francis Dhomont, Objets retrouvés (1996), 5:20 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
September 25, 2017 Francis Dhomont, Objets retrouvés (1996), 5:20 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)