Keys for Listening: Répons
Concert | 4:30 pm
Far from making a clean break from the past, Pierre Boulez draws on ancient forms to create his own music. Hence the liturgical forms that he appropriates in Répons and Anthèmes 2, the viola version of which will be revealed by Odile Auboin.
In Répons, Boulez revisits the great responsorial masterpieces of Gabrieli and Monteverdi, by creating a dialogue in the instrumental space—which is the heart of the work’s system—between six soloists scattered throughout the hall and electronics. But Répons is also one of the pinnacles of electroacoustic music, inseparable from IRCAM which saw its birth. With a rare mastery, Boulez unites all the actors, whatever their nature, in a truly symbiotic relationship for a choreography of sounds in space.
Keys for Listening Répons
Laurent Feneyrou lecturer