A whisper from space

Instrumentation: string quartet

Duration: 17 minutes

Year composed: 2014

First performance: Quatuor Molinari, Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Canada, April 1st 2016

Other performance: NAT 28, Frick Fine Arts Building, Pittsburgh, (PA), USA, March 23rd 2018

Distinctions: Molinari Quartet Sixth International Composition Competition, 3rd prize, 2015

Tesla Quartet Call for scores, finalist, 2016

Program note: The discovery of sound in space was the inspiration for A whisper from space. This piece was conceived as an evocation of the paradoxical situation of the universe, illustrating the emptiness and also the life present in space. The principal material for the piece comes from an Indian raga expressing the birth and destruction of the universe. The pivoting notes A and D are recurring pitches all along the six movements of the piece. These six movements represent the different ambiances and activities in space illuminating each in their own way silence, circular movements, constellations of high pitched notes, and a finale full of violence like a super nova.

A Whisper from Space-score sample