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L'air d'autres planètes

"I breath of the air of other planets." The aspiration of the poem by Stefan Georg, put to music by Arnold Schoenberg in his second quartet, irresistibly evokes the suspension of tonality and the advances made in parallel by Vassily Kandisky towards abstraction.

Barbara HanniganThe work Erinnerung by Denis Cohen points to Schoenberg's orchestral works, reminiscent of the founding chord of Farben. The other premiere on this evening's program borrows the unique formation of a voice with a quartet from Schoenberg. Operspective Hölderlin by Philippe Schœller explores the stage invention in terms of the possibilities of depth of field, of the virtual horizon, or of the dynamic opening the frontal stage offered by the WFS system (Wave Field Synthesis), a new instrument for the projection of sonic energy.

What meridian is common to the poem, music, and to the world of technology? What correspondences are possible? An answer given by Schoenberg remains, "If proximity makes the difference stand out, distance makes common traits stand out."


  • Denis Cohen Erinnerung**, commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, premiere
  • Philippe Schœller Operspective Hölderlin*, commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, premiere
  • Arnold Schoenberg String quartet no. 2, op. 10


Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Quatuor Arditti
Computer Music Design Gilbert Nouno (IRCAM)*, Stefan Tiedje (CCMIX)**

A part of the Kandinsky Exhibit.
An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou production. With the support of the Caisse des Dépôts.
Concert recorded by France Musique.

Photo: Barbara Hannigan © Marco Borggreve

Friday, June 19, 9pm / Centre Pompidou, Grande salle

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