05/10/2010 - Strasbourg, Festival Musica, Salle de la Bourse - Accroche Note, Robin Meier (Ircam)
Gone was the first title of Solo, a monologue written by Samuel Beckett in 1979 at the request of actor David Warrilow. When Beckett asked him what he imagined as a text, the actor replied: "l saw an image of a man standing on a stage, lit from above. He's standing in a sort of cone of light. You couldn't see his face, and he is talking about death."*
Solo begins with these words: "My birth was my death".
Gone brings to a close a collection begun in 2006 and grouping four chamber works: Noir azur (for string trio, 2006), Noir gris (for string trio, 2007), Hors crane (for violin, cello and electronics, 2008) and Gone (for clarinet, piano, string trio and electronics).
Far from Beckett, however, and from the initial undertaking I had set for myself because far from the outline I initially sought, the paucity of ideas, the restriction of musical elements and especially the simplicity of their representation, but nonetheless, yes, a strong formal and digital constraint at the origin of all the musical proportions (the time granted to such and such an idea) that remains the constant of these few pieces. Also, the work of a certain form of repetition, but there, too, far from the rumination of speech typical of Samuel Beckett.
At the outset, l remember that there was the search for a precise timbre, a quality of sound: a black matter, deep and without marker, rhythms or pitches; rubbing noises, breaths, bow pressure, like the origin of all sound or even of any idea to be born. This breath of the actor, David Warrilow, catching his breath (hoarse and muffled), which is heard at the beginning of Solo. The addition of electronics, while incontestably moving me away from Samuel Beckett's parcimonious speech, allows me, in return, to gain access to this world of noises and tensions. Even more, its primary function is to mask or, in some way, scramble what is clear in the instrumental work, enriching the timbre to the point that the music is no longer the phantom of itself.
translated by John Tyler Tuttle
Extract from CD booklet Gone, Aeon 2016
1 CD aeon, AE1651, Gone
Dawnlight, Noir gris, Dog Eat Dog, Terra d'ombra, Gone
Ensemble Cairn : Cédric Jullion (ﬂutes), Ayumi Mori (clarinet), Caroline Cren (piano), Christelle Séry (guilar), AuréIie Saraf (harp), Naaman Sluchin, Saori Furukawa (violins), Cécile Brossard (viola), Frédéric Baldassare (cello)
* James Knowlson, Damned to fame, The Life of Samuel Beckett, London 1996
Jérôme Combier studied composition, style, analysis, and orchestration with Hacène Larbi, and then later, in 1997, at the Paris Conservatory with Emmanuel Nunes and Michaël Lévinas. In addition, his university studies lead to a master's degree on Anton Webern with mentor Antoine Bonnet [...]