Folie de Vincent

Annette Vande Gorne

Programme notes

Folie de Vincent

In parallel to two plays — Henri IV (1922) by Luigi Pirandello and Sulphur Sun (1983) by Philippe Marannes, the latter about Vincent Van Gogh — I tried to express various states of madness, as expressed through the characters: scream, revolt, delusion, escape, confusion… Technical means are limited and I used poor, stripped-down materials. Everything resides in the near-improvised musical gesture, felt in psychological identification to the various states of the characters. The musician becomes an actor.

Folie de Vincent — the incidental music for the play Sulphur Sun by Philippe Marannes — was realized in 1983 at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio of Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium), with sounds from the VCS3 analogue synthesizer by Electronic Music Studios (EMS), and premiered on January 13, 1984 at Stalker (Brussels, Belgium). The piece was commissioned by Philippe Marannes.


  • January 13, 1984, Concert, Café-théâtre Stalker, Brussels (Belgium)
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Composer(s): Annette Vande Gorne
  • Year of composition: 1983
  • Commission: Philippe Marannes
  • ISWC: T9020217076


Attente: Tension — Angoisse


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Musique de scène pour «Sulphur Sun» de Philipe Marannes.


  • January 27, 2005, Premiere of the concert version: Akousma (1): Exils: temps de crise, d’errance, de transformation, de renouveau, Studio Hydro-Québec — Monument-National, Montréal (Québec)

Peinture: Oiseaux noirs — Déchirement

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