12/09/2009 - Lucerne Festival, Luzerner Saal - Isabelle Faust (vl), Ensemble Contrechamps, Stefen Asbury (conductor)
...Paysages avec figures absentes... was written for the violinist Isabelle Faust and dedicated to her.
In this piece, I wanted to approach writing for violin and ensemble differently, and not reproduce the same relationship present in "...prisme-incidences...". Here, it is more a question of a sort of antiphony, of responses.
Often while writing the piece, in order to remain within this framework, I restrained myself from developing the solo violin figures in the ensemble. As a result, during these moments, I often had the impression of "absent figures". Once the pièce was completed, I remembered the Philippe Jaccottet's text and I decided to quote his title, thus giving homage to a writer whom I had initially discovered, quite a while ago, as the translator of Musil and of Góngora, and who for me, counts as among the greats of this marvellous world of words.
Born in Geneva in 1958, Michael Jarrell studied composition at the Geneva Conservatory with Eric Gaudibert and at various workshops in the United States (Tanglewood, 1979). He completed his training with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg Staatliche Hochschule für Musik im Brisgau. [...]