Petit ange

Roxanne Turcotte

Petit ange has been performed in Montpellier…

In memory of Gabriel, this eternal child (1997-2011)

“Words are no help anymore… The imaginary country, it is agreed, is an island, but its shape changes as it pleases the dreamer strolling through it…”

Philippe Forest, L’enfant éternel, Éditions Gallimard, 1997 [English translation: François Couture]

A lull after a storm through a set of melodicas scattered on the stage. Every 16th day of the month, I remember… An angel was born in this paradise of birds and sadness. Voices tell a story, and then he takes off over a city or an island. He is there, watching over us, over his parents, his sister, and his friends. He joined my father and my grandparents. He is not alone anymore. His kitty is there too! When I hear his laughing voice, memories flood on in. At this very moment I am thinking of my sister.

”My child, hang on to my voice. You can hear it in the quilted depths of the night you are sinking into. We won’t leave you alone for long… Take everything that shines and sticks out from the dark blue backdrop of oblivion. Sleep! The hour of good children strikes now.”

Philippe Forest, L’enfant éternel, Éditions Gallimard, 1997 [English translation: François Couture]

[English translation: François Couture, iv-14]


Petit ange [Small Angel] was realized in 2012-14 at the composer’s studio (Productions RTM) in Montréal. Recorded voices: Laurent Poitrenaux, Sylvie Deguy, Sophie-Caroline Schatz at the studios of La muse en circuit (Alfortville, France) for a previous work called Fantaisie urbaine (2005).

Premiere

  • June 2, 2017, Acousmatic version: Klang! électroacoustique 2017: Concert, Salle Molière — Opéra Comédie, Montpellier (Hérault, France)

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