À propos de K

Francis Dhomont

À propos de K has been performed in Annecy, Birmingham, Buenos Aires, Cologne, Manchester, Montpellier, Montréal, Nagoya, Paris, Remedios de Escalada and Weimar…

À propos de K, obviously about the literary world of Kafka, is the third installment in that series of preliminary studies to Le cri du Choucas, a long work in progress about Franz Kafka’s world, works, and character.

There is no text in À propos de K, but a musical journey inspired by the Kafkaian topics revolving around the writer — guilt, his father, asceticism, solitude, illness — and often intertwined with the themes of his works — dual personalities, the Law, Judaism, celibacy — and the writing itself, extensively shaped by the processes contributing to the developments of dreams: “My talent for portraying my dreamlike inner life has thrust all other matters into the background […]” (Diaries 1910-1923: August 6, 1914, Kafka).

[English translation: François Couture, vi-09]


À propos de K was realized in 2006 at the composer’s studio in Avignon (France) and premiered on November 11, 2006 during a Ina-GRM concert celebrating the 80th birthday of the composer at the Salle Olivier Messiaen of the Maison de Radio France in Paris (France). It was commissioned by the French State (Music Office) — in 2007.

Premiere

  • November 11, 2006, Multiphonies 2006-07: Portrait anniversaire, 2, Salle Olivier Messiaen — Maison de la radio, Paris (France)

Details

stereo fixed medium
Cycle: Études pour Kafka (Franz Kafka) (2005-11)

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
April 1, 2010 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
November 1, 2010 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) Foldover / WOBC 91.5 FM (USA)
January 18, 2011 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) Woody / WFMU 91.1 FM (USA)
February 5, 2011 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) Sonar / Radio Torino Alternativa (Italy)
July 24, 2011 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
October 2, 2011 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) Outsight (USA)
June 2, 2013 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
December 23, 2013 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
June 1, 2014 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
October 23, 2015 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) rAdioCUSTICA / Český rozhlas (Czech Republic)
October 22, 2017 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) La croche oreille / CKRL 89,1 FM (Canada)
October 17, 2019 Francis Dhomont, À propos de K (2006) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)

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