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Shadow Praise (2001)

2nd chamber symphony for solo accordion et  9 instruments

(flute in G, bass clarinet, flugelhorn, horn, harp, marimba, viola, cello and double bass)

Eloge de l'ombre - 2E2M - Pierre Roullier
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State order for the 2E2M set

Created on June 10, 2002 at the Théâtre du Trianon in Paris under the direction of Pierre Roullier.

Duration : 13'. Editions Francois Dhalmann


This work is the development of the potentialities contained in my work for solo accordion Accore of half the duration.


The main characteristic of its form is the return of the initial motifs of the work, as if the music went off in one direction, got lost along the way, resumed at the beginning and developed in another direction, and so on.


Formal coherence is ensured by a limited number of motifs of opposing characters, constantly varied and presented in ever different contexts, thus contributing to the elaboration of a whimsical, flexible and sensitive music.


The instrumental line-up contributes to an orchestration rich in halftone colours, a sort of extension of the characteristics of the accordion's timbre which, even fortissimo, is never dazzling and always tinged with a certain melancholy.


This work bears the title of the eponymous book by the Japanese writer Junichirô Tanizaki, where he explains that in the traditional culture of Japan there is no beauty without shadows, such as "_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_the layers of darkness ” of a lacquer by candlelight.


This eulogy to the shadows is a poetic eulogy to the hidden side of things and refers to Claude Debussy's " brume gently sonorous " as well as to the works of painters Morandi and Hammershoi that their palettes of “ tons rompus ” and the simplicity of their subjects single out.


“  What would life be without shadows ? » 

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