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Skoglund, Lars: La Boutique Obscure 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    La Boutique Obscure
  • Subtitle: 
    Hommage à Georges Perec
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    8
  • Year of composition: 
    2016
  • First performance (year): 
    2016
  • First performance (venue): 
    NMH, OSLO
  • First performance (performers): 
    NMH SINFONIETTA
  • Genre: 
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Written in 2016, the piece is named after the French writer Georges Perec's book La Boutique Obscure where he collected his dreams over a period of five years, creating a hidden autobiography. The piece likewise looks at a dreamlike musical narrative with repetitions, sudden changes, multilayering and strange proportions. Patterns emerge, bell sounds, bright strings and dark winds play through patterns that collide and interact. Shady melodic lines in high registers are superseded by dynamical wave-shaped movements.

    The soundtrack is realised on the analog synthesizer ARP Odyssey, and is a multilayered flickering of several small pulsating soundmachines and microtonal shimmering that partly blends in, partly sticks out from the acoustic ensemble. It also has a bass-heavy solo that is a tribute to another French giant from the 20th century; Edgard Varese and his Déserts.

  • Technical specs: 

    The piece is for sinfonietta, with a stereo soundtrack played through stereo speakers placed on each side of the stage.
    The volume should not overpower the ensemble when they play unamplified, but in the louder parts still be quite powerful.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
14
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
C
Oboe
1
Oboe
Clarinet
1
B-flat
Bassoon
1
Bassoon
Horn (F)
1
Trumpet
1
C
Trombone
1
Tenor
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
2
Vibraphone (C3)
Timpani
Other
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double Bass
1
4-string

 

 

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