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MURAIL Tristan

Les Nuages de Magellan

  • Category / Instrument : 2 ondes Martenot, electric guitare and percussion
  • Duration : 13'
  • Genre : contemporary
  • Sortiment : Score
  • Publisher : Billaudot
  • Code : GBEFM1640
  • Published : 23/03/1973


23/03/1973 - Semaines Musicales Internationales d'Orléans - Françoise Pellié (ondes Martenot) - Tristan Murail (ondes Martenot) - Claude Pavy (guitar) - Michel Gastaud (percussion)


The title refers to two small galaxies close to the Milky Way, and the music is made of sound sparks melting into blurry clouds. Like the other pieces written between 1970 and 1974, it is composed in the first manière of Tristan Murail. An uninterrupted sound-magma of fluid and moving sonorities, its musical discourse is in perpetual motion. The percussion plays more of an harmonic than a rhythmic role, while the guitar produces long notes, crescendos and decrescendos, rather than its more familiar attacks and short notes. The four instruments merge.

Augustin Viard
Translation: Nadia Ratsimandresy


1 CD ReR, RERV1, Les Nuages de Magellan
Ensemble Volta

MURAIL Tristan


Born in Le Havre in 1947, Tristan Murail received advanced degrees in classical and North African Arabic from the Ecole Nationale des Langues Orientales Vivantes, as well as a degree in economic science, while at the same time pursuing his musical studies. In 1967, he became a student of Olivier Messiaen [...]


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