Automne has been performed in Nice…
To Bruno Letort
A different writing style imbues each of the four haikus, a style selected for its correspondence with an emblematic moment of autumn in the city or the country.
Jeux mécaniques [Mechanical Games] disposes of the seeming monotony of iterative machines, in relation with Pacific 231 by Arthur Honegger.
Jeux étendus, brouillard [Extensive Games, Fog] maintains an unclear, distant rapport with a few iconic and spectral traces (from the non-harmonic to the harmonic spectrum) with the short homonymous piece for piano by Claude Debussy.
Jeux fragmentés, feuilles d’automne [Fragmented Games, Autumn Leaves] sputters Feuilles mortes by Claude Debussy as a myriad of tiny multicoloured leaves.
Jeux répétés [Repeated Games] — a tribute to Pierre Henry — takes as a reference point Pierre Henry’s repetitive writing at the onset of L’homme à la caméra (1929), a film by Dziga Vertov. The sitar being used in this piece is played by Mark Bogaert, a jazz musician whom I thank for his creativity in the art of improvisation.
[English translation: François Couture, v-20]
Automne [Autumn] was realized in 2019 and in 2020 at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio of Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium). The sections Jeux mécaniques [Mechanical Games], Jeux étendus, brouillard [Extensive Games, Fog], and Jeux répétés [Repeated Games] were commissioned by Ars Musica for its 30th anniversary and premiered on November 16, 2019 during the Ciné-concert: Hommage à Pierre Henry concert as part of the Ars Musica festival in the Palace in Brussels (Belgium). Jeux fragmentés, feuilles d’automne [Fragmented Games, Autumn Leaves] was realized in 2020.