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Choraal: frontière Nord

  • Dominique Bassal
  • Year of composition: 2012
  • Duration: 9:28
  • Instrumentation: 7.1-track fixed medium

Back to the 2nd century, a low flyover of the Roman Empire’s German “limes”, starting at the North Sea and ending above the Danube River. The entity, invisible though not intangible, that makes this trip is not our primary focus, though some of its airborne pirouettes will end up stealing the spotlight at times. No, this is mainly about the places it visits, the strange, complex and forgotten rituals it witnesses. First, virginal choirs, static yet hysterical, controlled under the table by a caste of druids who use their breathing as an insidious form of power. Then we see a small group of musicians slowly passing by, repeating in canon form a lament that announces infinite losses. Now, another procession, this one much larger and even more serious-looking, whose brassy warning horn calls remain opaque and undecipherable. The situation grows more confused: sudden outbursts of excitement, unbearable tensions, masses of people turning back as laughing hordes start after them, falling over cliffs appearing out of nowhere. And in an instant the journey ends: the entity delicately goes through some kind of cloud made of clinical cleanliness and stupor, and that cloud dissolves it…

[English translation: François Couture, iii-14]


Choraal: frontière Nord was realized in 7.1 in 2012 at the composer’s studio in Montréal and premiered on December 5, 2013 during the concert Électrochoc 3 in Salle multimédia of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (Québec).


Premiere

  • December 5, 2013, Électrochoc 2013-14: Électrochoc 3: Dominique Bassal, Studio multimédia — Conservatoire, Montréal (Québec)

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