PHILIPPE BOESMANS (b.1936): Day Dreams for Marimba and Synthesizers, PIERRE BARTHOLOMÉE (b.1937): Passacaille for Marimba and Live Electronics, GILLES GOBERT (b.1971): Pièce for 2 Percussionists and Electronics.
Catalogue Number: 11L116
Label: Fuga Libera
Description: rtholomée's jaunty passacaglia is apparently this multifaceted musician's first foray into electroacoustic composition. Not so much a set of variations over a ground as a playful dance with repeated elements, the work makes much of the rhythmic and harmonic interplay of the live marimba material and its transformed and delayed, spatially projected synthesized counterpart. The Gobert is more concerned with sonority than polyphony between instrumental and electronic parts; the electronic component here is pre-recorded material, triggered on cue via MIDI, and a larger palette of percussion instruments is employed. The work begins in a series of gestures from percussionists and electronics, which blend into a more homogeneous whole as the piece progresses. Boesmans' Day Dreams incorporates both pre-recorded material and live synthesized sounds, activated by the soloist. Some of the synthesized material bears microtonal relationships to the marimba pitches, enlarging the timbral palette or allowing, for example, a chord once played to 'bend' in pitch. The title is explained by the recurrence of obsessive repetitive gestures in the manner of idées fixes as the heterogeneous but largely consonant course of the work progresses. Jessica Ryckewaert (marimba, vibraphone), Gérald Bernard (percussion).