Mosaic of Twenty-Seven Fragments of World Music
concerto for clarinet and orchestra


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- II
- IV
- V
- VI
- IX

Duration: 30’

Commissioned by Henry Selmer-Paris.

Grand Prize and Audience Prize of the Alexandre Tansman Competition in 2006.

Instrumentation: B flat clarinet, 1 flute (muta piccolo), 1 oboe, 1 clarinet B flat (muta flute), 1 bassoon, 1 horn in F, 1 percussion, strings (minimum 4-4-4-3-2)

Percussions in detail: Bass drum, bongo, 2 congas (treble, medium), snare drum, tom-tom (medium), tam-tam (small), high-hat, tubular bell B flat (played with a small hammer metal), jingle bells, wood block, rattlesnake, maracas, wood chimes

Premiere: Michel Lethiec and the Poitou-Charentes Orchestra at the Sully-sur-Loire Festival in June 2002

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Notes on the work:

Luminarium, concerto for clarinet and orchestra, presents itself as a kaleidoscope of harmonies and sounds from around the whole world, a sort of brief anthology that finds its inspiration in musical expressions from various regions of the Earth.

Rather than the development of a single story, the concerto seems like a documentary that offers to observe a fascinating diversity of multiple musical languages. The architecture of the piece is borne by nine movements, each divided into three parts: in all, twenty-seven fragments inspired by twenty-seven different countries.

This synthesis creates a moving sound universe conveyed by the clarinet which, through its journey, “illuminates” various parts of the globe as evoked by the title of the work.

I Bua’ (Indonesia), rite of the rising sun
  Kushnaya(Uzbekistan), improvisation
  Gheg(Albania), funeral song

II Sitot me soi (France), troubadour song
   Madrosh (Syria), liturgical chant
   Noh (Japan), interjection of Noh theatre

III Beranca (Macedonia), dance
    Ngapa (Australia), Rain Dreaming Ceremony
    Nira (Morocco), improvisation

IV Hat chèo (Vietnam), sorcerer’s song from hat chèo theatre
    Maome (Solomon Islands), funeral cycle
    Chinos (Chile), song of the alféreces

V Rdo-rje’jigs-byed dbang (Tibet), Buddhist chant
   Dudka (Belarus), improvisation
   Pane (Bohemian), liturgical chant

VI Mané igini kamu (Papua New Guinea), song to wash a child
    Nipaquhiit (Arctic), vocal games