Robert Normandeau

Programme notes

Adapted from the music composed for the play Farces conjugales by Georges Feydeau, staged by Brigitte Haentjens, at Théâtre du Rideau Vert (Montréal) in March 2003.

This music has been composed, as its title suggests, as a succession of small pieces made to fit with one another. But unlike the traditional game, here the pieces of music can be organized in any order. In other words, in regards to the temporal and timbral aspects, the sonorities used have been tuned in such a way that they can be superimposed or juxtaposed in a thousand different ways. The version presented here is only one of the multiple possible versions. The sound sources consist of door sounds and vocal onomatopoeias.


Puzzle was realized in 2003 at the composer’s studio and premiered on October 9, 2003 at the Open Space, Victoria (Canada). Puzzle was commissioned by the Open Space Arts Society.


  • October 9, 2003, Concert, Open Space, Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Composer(s): Robert Normandeau
  • Year of composition: 2003
  • Instrumentation: 16-channel fixed medium
  • Commission: Open Space Arts Society
  • ISWC: T0722242252
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Duration: 5:40
  • ISRC: CAD500518450