C'est un jardin secret..., written as a wedding present for two of the composer's friends, is an exquisite miniature encapsulating many characteristics of Murail's music on an intimate scale. A short sequence of processes, featuring sliding tempi and subtle fluctuations of finger and bowing pressure, is neatly concluded by a mysterious ascending figure.
The title is a quotation from the Song of Songs.
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 [...]