Bédé

Robert Normandeau

Programme notes

Bédé

To my parents

This miniature was realized from sounds (onomatopoeias) used in comic books traditionally associated with the world of children. The piece is divided in three sections: Le monde de l’enfance (Child’s World), La vallée des fantômes (Phantoms’ Valley), and La quête de la voix (Search of the Voice). The voice of 11 year old Marie-Hélène Blain is the single sound element of the piece.

Robert Normandeau [xi-90]


Bédé — a pun on the abbreviation of “bande dessinée” (comic book) — was produced in my personal studio, the studio of the Faculty of Music of Université de Montréal and the studio of the Ina-GRM with support from the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA). [xi-90]


Premiere

  • November 2, 1990, Montréal musiques actuelles / New Music America, Acousmonium: Concert 6: Électro clips, Théâtre Les Loges, Montréal (Québec)

This version is a stereophonic recording of multitrack sound diffusion realized at The Banff Centre for the Arts (engineers: Antonio Oliart and Stephanie Rogers; assistant: Jennifer Lewis) in July, 1993.

  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Composer(s): Robert Normandeau
  • Year of composition: 1990
  • Commission: empreintes DIGITALes
  • ISWC: T0715200331
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISRC: CAD509411000

Movements

Le monde de l’enfance

La vallée des fantômes

La quête de la voix

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