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Cloches D'Adieu, Et Un Sourire In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen

By Tristan Murail

Piano - Level 5
Composed by Tristan Murail (1947-). Classical: 20th Century (Contemporary). Score. 6 pages pages. Published by Editions Henry Lemoine (LM.27527).

Item Number: LM.27527

Classical: 20th Century (Contemporary).

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  • January 15, 2012 Playable, not

    Murail is associated with the movement, or aesthetic, or group, or set of techniques, known as spectral composition. (See Wikipedia for an introduction: members of the “group� traditionally deny it’s a group, and its definition has never been distinct beyond an interest in the acoustic properties of sound, especially...

    timbre, as they are revealed in electronic analyses.) This piece is an homage to Murail’s teacher, Messiaen, who wrote a piano prelude called “Cloches d’angoisse et larmes d’adieu.� The evocation of bells is done in several ways: with clanging chords that play changes on simple harmonies; and with repeated drone bass tones, first g and then b. The score is easy to play, except for two brief virtuoso passages of rapidly descending chords.

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