Creation
Concert

Spectral 3

Thu 20 June 2019,
8:30 p.m.
Musée de l'orangerie
Salle des Nymphéas
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The quartet with electronics that Jonathan Harvey projects his “successive lives” in the concert hall space in five ascending cycles. The quartet’s shadow, in all its delicateness, is created by the electronics—harmonization, granulation, spatialization. “When I was composing, an image kept coming back to mind, that of a paradisiacal garden planted with yellow wisteria and wooden sculptures of birds. In Buddhism, this is called ‘pure land”.  For Kaija Saariaho, the philosophy of timbre and harmony is consubstantial to its use of electronics. She reinforces the reference to waterlilies and Monet whose lilies “welcome” her work for the first time. “A few ideas concerned me while composing the piece: the image of the water lily’s symmetrical structure that, floating on the water, folds up and transforms. Different interpretations of the same image: on one hand, there is a homogenous surface with its colors and forms; on the other hand, there are different materials, their states, and their dimensions.”

Quatuor Béla
Gilbert Nouno IRCAM computer music design

KAIJA SAARIAHO NYMPHEA
JONATHAN HARVEY QUATRIÈME QUATUOR À CORDES

A Musée de l’Orangerie, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, ProQuartet-Centre européen de musique de chamber coproduction.
  • Le Quatuor Béla dans la salle des Nymphéas  © Opale Prod / Quentin Woloch
    Le Quatuor Béla dans la salle des Nymphéas © Opale Prod / Quentin Woloch
  • Kaija Saariaho  © Maarit Kytöharju
    Kaija Saariaho © Maarit Kytöharju