03/09/2010 - München (Germany) - Concours de l'ARD
Armenia is an exceptional source for singers and instrumentalists specialised in classical repertoire. It is also a country where traditional music is particularly developed and expressive. The emblematic instrument of popular repertoire is the "doudouk", a double reed instrument like the oboe, but with a beguiling timbre closer to that of the cello. The transition from sound to breath, and the inflexions during the passage from one note to another (through micro-tonality) constitute singular elements of tone colour. Music for the doudouk can also be both rhythmical (part of the Armenian repertoire is based on using ostinati) and extremely lyrical.
When I started to write this flute piece for the ARD competition, I thought that it would be interesting to "alter" the western instrument, attempting, through the use of specific techniques, to give it an Armenian colour. Furthermore, I drew several musical ideas from the country's repertoire (notably inspired by the playing of the great virtuoso, Araïk Bartikian). These Quatre mélodies are not at all a transcription of Armenian pieces, because, for example, the language is not modal. They are however, a contemporary occidental interpretation of a traditional musical material of infinite richness.
Bruno Mantovani was born on October 8, 1974. After receiving five first prizes from the Paris Conservatory (analysis, aesthetics, orchestration, composition, music history) and attending the computer music Cursus at Ircam, he began an international career. His works have been performed at the Concertgebouw [...]