- "Trajectoires Incandescentes"
for solo piano
from the cycle Courbes d'Etoiles I - VI
Paths of shooting stars. Dreamy attitude of the spectator facing the fragmentary decomposition of the molten material. Particles falling into the infinity of the human thought. One day, a friend, physicist, told me about the cosmic vibrations in relation with the sound world. The analogy thus took shape. The atomic fragmentation expresses the mirror of the spectral decomposition. Ears replace the eyes, the time drift our imagination. Calculations and poetry. With a vague question in my mind : could it be possible that the logarithms punctuate the musical waves according to their progressive numbers, creating the rhythm of a spectral harmony ? I believe it. Then, the most complicated was to imagine a relationship between virtuoso piano techniques and the fantasies created by the distortions of musical material. Thus poetry is born from virtuosity.
Courbes d’étoiles V - "Trajectoires incandescentes" (incandescent trajectories) : could be inscribed within the same framework of frenetric virtuosity as found in other pieces of the cycle (i.e. II & IV). The work is articulated by two trajectories : the one which goes beyond the laws of gravitation, projecting the "musical atoms" in a burst of time-distortions. On the other hand, the trajectory of melodic curves which offer a stellar matter in fusion, going back to strong mechanisms of attraction as the substances go polarized.This set of opposing forces creates quasi-choreographic movements, funky (echoing Courbes IV) or sometimes making references to South American dances, like the "fire dances" on the solar corona.
That piece results of a commission from Radio France. It was premiered in Paris - Festival Presence 2004 - by its dedicatee, Dimitri Vassilakis.