Creation
Concert

Rothko Chapel

Sat 3 June 2017,
8:30 p.m.
Centre Pompidou
Grande salle

Rothko Chapel is inspired by 14 canvases painted by Rothko for the Menil Foundation in Houston. The composer Morton Feldman meditates on the vibration of a place and of a painting. An immersion in the borders of the imperceptible, an immobile procession, like friezes on Greek temples for voice, percussion, and viola. The continuity of Rothko’s large formats is recreated by the contrast of different musical sections, until the Hebraic melody that ends the work without closing it. By way of a prologue, The King of Denmark for percussions played only with fingers and arms. Sounds of outdoors and childish snippets rustle in this work written on a beach. Gérard Grisey’s Prologue draws a unique trajectory among line, surface, and volume; a continuum between the harmonic base and “inharmony”. Beginning with a few neumes, through a phenomenal extension, acoustic spaces are born.

MORTON FELDMAN THE ROTHKO CHAPEL, THE KING OF DENMARK

GÉRARD GRISEY PROLOGUE

Florent Jodelet Percussion
Othman Louati Célesta
Geneviève Strosser Viola
Les Cris de Paris
Geoffroy Jourdain Conductor
Éric Daubresse IRCAM Computer Music Design

Reserve

In connection with the thematic exhibition in the Modern collection: "LŒil écoute".  Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou.

Coproduction IRCAM/Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou, Les Cris de Paris. With the support of the Sacem.
  • Les Cris de Paris  © J.F. Mariotti
    Les Cris de Paris © J.F. Mariotti
  • Gérard Grisey  © DR
    Gérard Grisey © DR
  • Morton Feldman, 1976  © Bogaerts, Rob / Anefo
    Morton Feldman, 1976 © Bogaerts, Rob / Anefo