We’ve had a spell of hot, humid days, and this day was no exception, but there was plenty of shade and a bit of a breeze. Insects abounded. The fish jumped for them, sometimes a good two feet in the air, or so it seemed.
Gérard Grisey: Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil (Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold) (1996-1998)
I was reminded of Quatre chants as the result of taking Lucy Dhegrae‘s clever online quiz “Which Resonant Bodies Festival 2016 vocalist are you?” (Try it! It’s fun. The link is here.) I came up with Alice Teyssier, a singer new to me, and looked her up. She had several videos of performances, and one of them was Quatre chants.
Quatre chants is composed for soprano and (given in the French so as not to mistranslate) flûte (aussi flûte piccolo, flûte alto), clarinette basse (aussi clarinette), clarinette basse (aussi clarinette contrebasse), saxophone ténor (aussi saxophone alto, saxophone soprano), saxophone ténor (aussi saxophone baryton), trompette (aussi trompette piccolo), 2 tuba basse (aussi 1 tuba [ténor] ), 3 percussionniste, harpe, violon, violoncelle, contrebasse
1 Prélude: I. La Mort De L’Ange
2 Interlude: II. La Mort De La Civilisation
3 Interlude: III. La Mort De La Voix
4 Faux Interlude: III. La Mort De L’Humanité
Bonus Track: Alice Teyssier sings Notte funeste & Ferma l’ali (G.F. Händel: La Resurrezione HWV 47)
Credits: The photographs, as always on the blog unless otherwise indicated, are mine.