Commissione: Ernst von Siemens Stiftung for music@villaromana
First performance: 07/03/2012, music@villaromana, Firenze, Duo Dillon-Torquati
First performance of viola version: 14/09/2014, Venezia, Teatro La Fenice, Sale Apollinee, Ex Novo ensemble
“Chansons” is a collection of Lieder (“L’autre d’antan”, “Presque transi”, “Ma bouche rit”, “Malor me bat”), each one conceived as a far transfigured relative of the homonym Ockeghem’s Chanson. Each piece is build around the reaching, destroying or mere repetition of an extremely simple archetypical gesture. The electronic part is diffused via a lo-fi contact device, located inside the piano board. Being completely built upon materials coming from Ockeghem recordings, it represent a distant voice, an “elsewhere” layer which puts the acoustic duo in a dazing perspective.
The cello version features: L’autre d’antan, Presque transi, Ma bouche rit
The viola version features: Presque transi, Ma bouche rit, Malor me bat