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Les lettres enlacées II

  • Category / Instrument : Solo viola
  • Duration : 10'
  • Genre : contemporary
  • Sortiment : Score
  • Number of pages : 6
  • Publisher : Lemoine
  • Code : 27296
  • Published : 01/01/2000
  • ISBN / ISMN : 9790230972963


17/04/2000 - Conservatoire de Paris - First international alto's meeting


Association les Amis de l'Alto


to Marc-Olivier Dupin


The title Les Lettres enlacées (Intertwined Letters) refers to a style of writing based on two melody lines that overlap, pile up, cross over and finally return to a more or less parallel position. The piece should therefore be thought of as true polyphony. The movement gives rise to a form of expression and energy whose origins lie in the tangled lines of Romantic piano music, especially that of Schumann and Brahms. Here a melody is written in canon in double-stopping, with one voice 'chasing' the other, overtaking by means of micro-intervals. Although the music, which is to be played legato, is in a fundamentally flexible tempo, the performer will discover that same expression by rigorously observing the written page. The mounting progressions in sections A, B, C and H should also be carefully thought out, while the patterns in section H may be considered as 'artificial glissandi', or even as global, paradoxical effects that result from the polyphonic intertwining. In section G, the performer should bring out the bell effect produced by the pizzicato on the open strings, as well as the gradual crescendo on the open C string.


1 CD aeon, AE0312, Les Lettres enlacées
Hindemith, Sonate pour alto et piano Op.11 n°4 et Sonate pour alto et piano Op.25 n°1 - Lévinas, Les Lettres enlacées II and IV
Gérard Caussé (viola), Quatuor Ludwig, Michaël Levinas (piano)

1 CD Accord, 461 785-2
Musique de chambre
Quatuor à cordes n°1 - Les Lettres enlacées II - Arsis et Thésis - Froissements d'ailes - Les Aragons
Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, Ch. Desjardins, C. Binard, R. Safar, P. Davin



Michaël Levinas studied piano, piano accompaniment, orchestra conducting and composing at CNSM de Paris. He met Yvonne Loriod who got him immediately in Olivier Messiaen's famous class of composing, developed also his piano repertoire.
At the end of his studies, trained by these two great personalities, [...]


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