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Day by day program / June, 2010


Murail II

Harvey-Murail: Thresholds of Speech

How can one aspire to speech and song using only instrumental methods? Jonathan Harvey has lived out his long-time dream of a talking orchestra. Speakings has all the makings of a prototype: the analysis filter, the automatic transcription, and the use of orchestration software created at IRCAM. Speakings approaches its vocal target by making speech "musical" while using a virtual voice. Speakings, or the birth of orchestral prosody. Tristan Murail's project is equally exceptional in his oeuvre. Sept Paroles springs up from an older attempt to combine a large chorus, orchestra, and virtual choruses capable of reaching extreme ranges. The element that was almost entirely absent from Murail's catalogue, the voice, has now been added to the threshold of a monumental fresco.


Jonathan Harvey Speakings*, commissioned by BBC de Glasgow, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, and Radio France, French premiere
Tristan Murail Les sept Paroles**, commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Radio France, and Grand chœur de la Radio Néerlandaise, French premiere


Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France | Conductor Pascal Rophé | Grand chœur de la Radio Néerlandaise
IRCAM Computer Music Design Gilbert Nouno*, Arshia Cont*, Grégory Beller**

France MusiqueConcert broadcast on France Musique on Thursday, June 24 at 8pm.

An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Radio France coproduction. With the support of the Sacem.


Saturday, June 12, 2010, 8pm / Radio France, Salle Olivier-Messiaen

  • Tickets Full-Price 18€, Discount 14€, Agora Pass 10€