SEPTEMBER 29TH - OCTOBER 8TH 2000
(ISCM Luxembourg Section)
Eclat du Soir
Composed during the Fontainebleau Summer Music Festival in France, the piece was initially
planned to be ten or twelve minutes in length with more substantial sections and transitions.
When, for material reasons, I decided to reduce the length of the piece to around seven
minutes, I could not give up the musical ideas that I was already developing in my mind.
Thus I cut the sections in the middle and then reworked their relations to create a
cohesive piece. This was the first time that I employed aleatoric elements in my music
in an attempt to create unplanned, but well controlled, complex textures that allowed the
music to flow smoothly while maintaining a high level of intensity. The piece was inspired
by my image of the Château de Fontainebleau, where the festival was held, whose colour
changes to a fascinating red at twilight and radiates its brightness as the light fades.