fugue; qui sent le temps? (1997, 98)

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

  • 1. déflation: fuite par le présent
  • 2. interlude: l’indispensable poussière
  • 3. déflexion: fuite par le futur
  • 4. interlude: le futile univers
  • 5. déflagration: fuite par le passé

“Fugit irreparabile tempus (Irrecoverable time glides away)” — Virgil
“Tempus edax rerum (Time the devourer of all things)” — Ovid

deflation: fleeing into the present. Fast, fast, faster, in the image of the dust propelled by the wind, negligible in itself, essential to itself; product of erosion, source of erosion: the work of time.

interlude: The essential dust

deflection: fleeing into the future. Light moves forward, content in its entirety, in its entity, aware of the importance of the moment because of its transience: where will it go? What will it do? What will it become? So many questions that do not weigh on its present!

interlude: The futile universe

deflagration: fleeing into the past. The Old, the Wise, like the dormant firework, is only powder, but man ignites, inflames it and projects high, higher so that he may enlighten Humankind reassuringly. Truth: the fetish, the totem, the god, the universe, the dust…

fugue; qui sent le temps? (Fugue; Who Feels Time?) was composed in 1997 in the studio of the electroacoustic sector of the Université de Montréal and in the composer’s studio. Its first movement was premiered on February 23, 1997 during the Rien à voir (1) festival at La Chapelle in Montréal; the second and third movements were premiered on February 23, 1998 during the Rien à voir (3) concert series presented by Réseaux at La Chapelle in Montréal. fugue; qui sent le temps? received a mention at the 25th Bourges International Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art Competition (France, 1998) and was awarded the 3rd Prize at the 13th CBC National Competition for Young Composers in 1999. This version was mastered by Dominique Bassal in 2005 in Montréal.

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