Creation
Concert

Tenebrae

Fri 2 June 2017,
8:30 p.m.
Centre Pompidou
Grande salle

Extract light from absolute darkness: the Spanish composer Alberto Posadas was marked by the exhibition dedicated to Pierre Soulages in 2009 at the Centre Pompidou. Opacity creates effects of intense light and transparence. This visual paradox is transferred to music: there is no longer a unique color, but vibrating material. Black inhabits Posadas’ entire oeuvre – his series Sombras, the Quatre scènes noires based on Goya… Tenebrae that blends together voice, instruments, and electronics is inspired by l’Office des Ténèbres, without being a religious work like Responsories by Tomas Victoria, the grand polyphonist of the Spanish Renaissance. Through their symbolic and their symbolism, the excerpts from Novalis, Stefan George, and Rilke selected by Posadas resonate with the Latin liturgical narrative. And, like in the choirs of the Renaissance that played with the dynamic of the "responsory" between the masses in an edifice, the voice, and the electronics are the protagonists of a composition for the entire space.  

ALBERTO POSADAS TENEBRAE ; LA LUMIÈRE DU NOIR

TOMÁS LUIS DE VICTORIA TENEBRAE RESPONSORIES (excerpts)

Ensemble vocal EXAUDI
Ensemble intercontemporain
Duncan Ward Conductor
Thomas Goepfer 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, Ensemble intercontemporain. With the support of the Sacem. Concert recorded by Radio France.
  • Alberto Posadas  © Harald Hoffmann / Ed. Durand
    Alberto Posadas © Harald Hoffmann / Ed. Durand
  • Ensemble vocal EXAUDI  © Matthew Andrews
    Ensemble vocal EXAUDI © Matthew Andrews
  • Ensemble intercontemporain  © Elizabeth Schneider
    Ensemble intercontemporain © Elizabeth Schneider