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May 16th, 2013
I just finished the 3rd movement of Urbania. Its name is Petite pousse (“Small sprout”) and it starts with a lullaby.
Then I just noticed that I have composed something that is literally against all non-written rules of conventional contemporary music: a perfectly regular and perfectly tonal lullaby in 32 3/4 bars. Something which would be, according to the principles of Montreal new music society, is completely ”reactionary”, “uncreative”, “antimodern”, “not my language” and so on. I almost fear to have banned myself of Arts Councils grants and contemporary music organizations forever!
But still, I have not done it to create riots in these organizations' boards of directors. I started Petite pousse with a lullaby to answer a personal request of Pascale Beaudin, the excellent soprano premiering the work.
I could try to make a “contemporary” lullaby. I could write some sprechgesang (“speak-sing”), I would add an atonal counterpoint on flute and other instruments. All of them would play softly: it is a lullaby after all... Well, the result is exactly a Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire movement, composed more than 100 years ago. Not exactly “contemporary”! Moreover, if you have a baby, will you really put him to sleep with Pierrot Lunaire?
Someone on YouTube think this could be possible!
Here are the comments.
Well! To frighten is not what I desire. I think I will stay with my 32 bar tonal lullaby...
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Gone for the Ottawa Marathon