Elsa Justel

Programme notes


I put together a collection of texts related to the epicurean concepts set in poetry by Lucretius in De rerum natura. I did this as an attempt to trace back the origins of the concept of “element.” So, what you will find here is the nature of things presented as an insomniac mix of parallel quotes: from the birth of physics (Michel Serres) to Foucault’s pendulum (Umberto Eco), and number and time (Marie-Louise von Franz), all seasoned with tango, to find the logic of the element (Francis Wolff).

[English translation: François Couture, iii-19]

L was realized in 2003 in the studios of La Muse en circuit (Alfortville, France) and was premiered on January 19, 2004, at Péniche Adélaïde (Paris, France). It was commissioned by La muse en circuit. I would like to thank Élise Caron (recorded voice). L won La muse en circuit’s 5th Concours d’art radiophonique (France, 2003).


  • January 19, 2004, Concert, Péniche Adélaïde, Paris (France)
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Composer(s): Elsa Justel
  • Year of composition: 2003
  • Commission: La Muse en circuit
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISRC: CAD501910044

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