Le ravissement

Robert Normandeau

Le ravissement has been performed in Nice…

The word rapture can be defined in two ways: the spiritual meaning of being transported to a supernatural world, and to ravish, or taking away of something.

Musically, this piece borrows the idea of rolling, which is, on the one hand, a process of manufacture by plastic deformation and, on the other hand, figuratively, the action of reducing the importance of something or someone. What is distorted here is time. Time and spectra are stretched here beyond the thresholds of perception. And figuratively, what is reduced, what is ravished, is the identity of the musical sources used.

In 2018, I was invited to collaborate on the most recent project of singer and cellist Jorane. My composition work consisted of processing in real-time the musical material of the soloist, the singers, and the string quartet. It was a return to live electroacoustic for me, which had been at the heart of my first experiences and which I had neglected for the last thirty years…

This piece is the result of a mix between the materials created for the show presented in March 2019 and those that were created during two creative residencies. The first took place at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in Amherst (Virginia, USA) in October 2019. The second took place in Nice in November 2019.

Le ravissement includes nine movements: Arrival; Doubt; Fear; Ecstasy; Restlessness; Call; Detachment; Rapture; Disappearance.


Le ravissement was created in Nice at the 2019 Manca Festival, during the National Electroacoustic Music Days 2019 on December 2, 2019. Thanks to all the musicians: Chloé Lacasse and Geneviève Toupin, voice; Geneviève Clermont, violin 1; Vanessa Marcoux: violin 2; Lana Tomlin, viola; Sophie Coderre, cello; Mathieu Désy, double bass; Martin Lizotte, piano; Simon Godin, guitar; Pete Pételle, drum set. And a huge thank you to Jorane, for his confidence. Thanks to Linda Watchtmeister who contributed to my residency at the VCCA and to all the staff of the center.


  • December 2, 2019, Festival Manca 2019, Journées nationales de la musique électroacoustique 2019: Micadôme, 1, Conservatoire national à rayonnement régional de Nice – Studio Jaune (C7), Nice (Alpes-Maritimes, France)


Le ravissement [The Rapture] (2019), 15:20
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