Ce masque de chair d’emprunt

Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, violin, cello

Duration: 7 minutes

Year composed: 2022

First performance: Barcelona Modern Ensemble, L’Auditori, Barcelona, Spain, May 27th 2022

Program notes: Ce masque de chair d’emprunt is a quotation from William Burrough’s novel The Naked Lunch, and of which my memories of reading as a teenager are the point of departure for this piece. I recall a novel made like a collage with surrealist moments. I wanted to recreate this deconstructed form in this piece. Blocks of different materials are juxtaposed without any supposed relationship. A handful of these materials come from previous pieces and are reorchestrated, deconstructed, and reconstructed. The overall structure is based on an acceleration of events leading up to an anti-climactic meditative moment.