for harpsichord


Duration: 9’

Premiere: Elzbieta Chojnacka (harpsichord), Paris CRR, April 2009

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Notes sur l’oeuvre :

In 2008, I had the opportunity to meet the harpsichordist Elzbieta Chojnacka, and this meeting led to the creation of Melopa, two years later. It was in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where I spent three days in November in a luxury apartment without heating, dominated by a great harpsichord. The icy atmosphere, the cold and the physical shudder forced me to warm myself by the only means possible: playing the harpsichord, tireless and fast, for prolonged periods. It is this experience that has given the work its absurd character: the “mélopée”, normally a melismatic song, is transformed here into a frantic, repetitive, haunting and unpredictable gallop with a mechanical virtuosity that aspires only to flee towards warm and contemplative landscapes.” K.M.