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Parcelles 1

Christian Bouchard

Programme notes

“I have always been fascinated by the magical moments found in any sound environment, when from what appears to be chaos, sounds organize themselves and create a music I am often the only one to hear.
I wanted to share these incredible moments.
I recorded them.
Then, I asked them to pose for me, just as if I were painting — landscapes, abstract forms, or by numbers.
The next two pieces illustrate the results.
But they also illustrate: the sound environment of a particular time, the chaos of the world, the rural calm, the urban swarms, the energy of the living.
They imitate the mechanics of things, the hazards of life, the workings of luck.
Fragments of moments.”

[English translation: François Couture, i-04]

Parcelles 1 [Fragments 1] was realized in 2002-03 at the composer’s studio in Montréal and premiered on February 14, 2004 as part of the Rien à voir (15) concert series presented by Réseaux at Espace GO in Montréal. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA).


  • February 14, 2004, Rien à voir (15): Concert, Espace Go, Montréal (Québec)
  • Composer(s): Christian Bouchard
  • Year of composition: 2002-03
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • ISWC: T0719862993
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Duration: 15:19
  • ISRC: CAD500418060


Frein en fer

[Iron Brake] Out my window

  • ISWC: T0719860500

Des enfants-sirènes

[Sirens-Children] The nearby park

  • ISWC: T0719860497

Le crieur à remplir

[Fill in the Crier] Montréal Festival

  • ISWC: T0719860486

Les secrets d’une inconnue

[Secrets of a Stranger] Brussels / Saint-Michel’s Cathedral

  • ISWC: T0719860475

Va-et-vient du midi

[Noon Comings and Goings] Saint-Malo / Intra muros

  • ISWC: T0719860464

En attendant le Boeing

[Waiting for the Boeing] Paris / the Concorde

  • ISWC: T0719860453

À tous les passants, merci!

[To All Passers-by, Thanks!] Very close to my microphones

  • ISWC: T0719860442