Japanese culture envisions New Year’s Day (just before spring) as a season in itself, due to its unique experience.
Feux d’artifice (d’après Debussy) [Fireworks (After Debussy)] announces the overall topic of the work: to bring together, as much as possible, the historical repertoire of high brow European music and current studio music writing practices: acousmatic music. Here, the prelude for piano mentioned in the title is taken as a temporal, structural and literal commission.
Jour de fête [Celebration Day]: That midnight in Japan, temple bells call for renewal and hope in the future. Listening to this moment is experienced as a cultural fabric (with bells from all regions of the world) and a spatial fabric thanks to 18 channels of sound distributed in a dome.
[English translation: François Couture, vi-20]
Jour de l’an [New Year’s Day] was realized in 2020 at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio of Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium).