Orages d’acier

Georges Forget

Orages d’acier has been performed in Brussels, Leicester and Montréal…

To my father

Orages d’acier was basically inspired by two works: Ernst Jünger’s novel Storm of Steel (published in French as Orages d’acier), where the author relates his combat experience in World War I, and the motion picture The Thin Red Line (1998) by Terrence Malick, set at the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. These two works provided the æsthetical and formal framework of the piece: moments where violence gets so intense that it becomes hallucinating and stripped of any emotion, these moments being separated by longs stretches of emptiness. I wanted to sublimate through music both of these war highlights: the dull anxiety and tensed boredom of the wait, followed by the commotion and chaos of the attack.

The piece concludes with a quote from an army song used in the French Foreign Legion, Les oies sauvages, remarkable for its melancholy and fatalism.

[English translation: François Couture, ii-15]


Orages d’acier [Storm of Steel] was realized in 2007 at the composer’s studio and premiered in April 2007 at the Music Faculty of the Université de Montréal. Thank you to: Martin Marier, Kaïs Demers and Nathanaël Lécaudé. Orages d’acier was one of the winning entries in the 2007 edition of the competition Jeu de temps / Times Play (JTTP) of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC). It also received a mention at the Concurso Internacional de Composição Electroacústica Música Viva (Portugal, 2007) and a Résidence Award at the Concours international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges (France, 2008).

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  • April 2007, Concert, Faculté de musique — Université de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)

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