Chroniques de la lumière

Francis Dhomont

Programme notes

Chroniques de la lumière

To Annette Vande Gorne

These “Chronicles” are an impressionistic sonic version of visual elements — an undoubtedly metaphorical act -, a personal daydream of light based on a concept by Montréal visual artist Luc Courchesne.

An evocation of luminous phenomena, natural rays or multiple artifacts, Chroniques de la lumière (Chronicles of Light) is comprised of three movements: Miroitements (Shimmers), Artifices, Météores (Meteors) or adagio, allegro and presto-finale.

An evolution from slow to fast, calm to agitated, piano to forte, static to mobile, simple to complex.

[English translation: François Couture, viii-06]


Chroniques de la lumière [Chronicles of Light] was realized at the composer’s studio and premiered on April 26, 1989 at the Doppler Concert of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), at the Spectrum in Montréal. The proportions of Météores went through slight modifications in 2005; that particular movement is thus a new version. Chroniques de la lumière was first released on the Halogènes compact disc produced by the Université de Montréal on the UMMUS-Actuelles label (UMM C 101). Météores (1989) was released by empreintes DIGITALes in 1991 on Mouvances~Métaphores (IMED 9107/08), and in 1996 on Les dérives du signe (IMED 9608). Miroitements was selected by the 1995 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC95) in Banff (Canada); Artifices was selected by the 1994 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC94) in Aarhus (Denmark); Météores (1989) was selected by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) for the 1990 World Music Days in Oslo (Norway), and by the 1993 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC ’93) in Tokyo (Japan). Many of the sounds were realized at Studio 123 and with the SYTER real-time sound synthesis system of the Ina-GRM (Paris, France). Special thanks to Yann Geslin, Daniel Teruggi and the late Bénédict Mailliard for their invaluable advice. Chroniques de la lumière was commissioned by the SMCQ and realized with support from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA).

  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Composer(s): Francis Dhomont
  • Year of composition: 1989, 2005
  • Commission: SMCQ, with support from the CCA
  • ISWC: T0030634753
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média

Movements

Miroitements

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Chroniques de la lumière est une écoute impressionniste d’événements visuels, une rêverie personnelle de la lumière, sur une idée de l’artiste montréalais Luc Courchesne. Évocation de phénomènes lumineux, de rayonnements naturels ou de multiples artefacts, l’œuvre complète comporte trois mouvements: Miroitements, Artifices, Météores; ou, si l’on préfère, Adagio, Allegro, Presto-Finale. Miroitements s’inspire de mutations progressives de la lumière telles qu’elles se présentent dans la nature: aurore et crépuscule, lente ascension de la lune blafarde, évolution au sol de l’ombre portée d’un nuage, reflets solaires dans une eau tranquille…

[source: Réseaux des arts médiatiques]

  • Composer(s): Francis Dhomont
  • Year of composition: 1989
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média

Artifices

  • Composer(s): Francis Dhomont
  • Year of composition: 1989
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média

Météores

To Annette Vande Gorne

These “Chronicles” are an impressionistic sonic version of visual elements — an undoubtedly metaphorical act — a personal daydream of light based on a concept by Montréal visual artist Luc Courchesne.

With sound transpositions of luminous phenomena, natural rays or multiple artefacts, Chroniques de la lumière is comprised of three movements: Miroitements (Shimmers), Artifices, Météores (Meteors) or, if one prefers: adagio, allegro, presto-finale.

Météores proceeds by a progressive increase of elements, by slow accumulation, an increase of density, and a reinforcement of the sensation of speed and kinetic energy.

A progression is articulated, not only from slow to fast, but also from calm to agitated, from somber to clear, from piano to forte, from static to mobile, from simple to complex.

[xi-91] [viii-06]


Chroniques de la lumière (thus Météores) was realized at the composer’s studio and premiered on April 26, 1989, at the Doppler Concert of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) at the Spectrum in Montréal. Chroniques de la lumière was first released on the Halogènes compact disc produced by the Université de Montréal on the UMMUS-Actuelles label (UMM C 101). Météores was selected by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) for the 1990 World Music Days in Oslo (Norway), and by the 1993 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC ’93) in Tokyo (Japon). Many of the sounds were realized at Studio 123 and with the Syter real-time sound synthesis system of the Ina-GRM (Paris, France). Special thanks to Bénédict Mailliard, Yann Geslin and Daniel Teruggi for their invaluable advice. Chroniques de la lumière was commissioned by the SMCQ and realized with support from the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA). Météores was slightly modified in its proportions in 2005 and thus is a new version.

  • Composer(s): Francis Dhomont
  • Year of composition: 1989, 2005
  • Commission: SMCQ, with support from the CCA
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média

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