This work consists of a collection of five short pieces, akin to musical haikus.

Five Japanese poems from five different eras serve as inspiration for the work. The sound of the bell in the temple is a recurring theme in Japanese poetry and figures particularly in poems devoted to autumn; in a few words, the poet evokes a whole universe. I have translated this principle of expression into the domain of music, and conceived this work as a suite of musical poems suggesting a sonorous landscape.

Finally, I wanted to pay homage to the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu who passed away in the winter of 1996. La cloche du temple acts as a sort of funereal ritual, meant to accompany an artist’s soul during his eternal peregrinations.

Serge Provost, Paris [English translation: Sarah Culpeper]