20/03/1991 - Festival Ars Musica, Bruxelles (Belgium) - Ensemble Contrechamps - Giorgio Bernasconi (conductor)
Ensemble Contrechamps, Ville de Genève, Rotterdam Art Council
In the earliest French poetry there is no rhyme, only assonance. There is assonance between two lines when the last stressed vowel is the same. It is immaterial whether the phenomenes or sounds immediately preceding or following the vowel are similar or completely different. Spelling has nothing to do with the matter, but the vowels must be pronounced in the same way, and have the same timbre.
This piece is dedicated to Peter Oswald.
Born in Geneva in 1958, Michael Jarrell studied composition at the Geneva Conservatory with Eric Gaudibert and at various workshops in the United States (Tanglewood, 1979). He completed his training with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg Staatliche Hochschule für Musik im Brisgau. [...]