False Reflections

Instrumentation: fl, ob, cl in Bb, trb & pno

Duration: 6’00”

First performance:
Ensemble Court-circuit
10.9.2023, Royaumont Abbey, France
Festival de Royaumont

Year: 2023

Commisioned by / dedications:
A piece written for the Voix Nouvelles Academy of the Royaumont Foundation.

Program notes:

en: The piece was inspired by a set of imaginary reflections on the surface of water. On a flat and calm surface, the reflection is perfect, but even a small ripple on the surface will disturb the reflection and make it appear false, even unrecognizable. In the piece, the musical material is reflected on an unstable surface which is constantly affected by the actions of the instruments.

This music is a spiral – it repeats a series of five chords by getting faster every round, until reaching a critical point. Each of the chords possesses its own character and mood, but the further the music goes the more blurred and mixed it gets.