À travers champs

Composition Date: 1997
Duration: 00:07:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:
À travers champs presents one long phrase - sostenuto, calmo e ardente - punctuated by the contrasting static and noisy character of a quintet (flute, trumpet, cello, timpani and piano).

The orchestra is divided in two groups, going opposite directions - down up/up down, consonance to dissonance / dissonance to consonance - therefore crossing at the center (around middle C) where the basic X pattern is suddenly multiplied in many short upward and downward movements. The pitch material of the orchestral groups is organized around the series of harmonics of the E pitch while one chord, chosen for its sonority, is used for the quintet.

À travers champs is in the full heat of a sunny afternoon, and speaks of labour and joy: the act of creation.

À travers champs was commissioned by the Orchestre de l'Université de Montréal through the composition call for works 1997 Edition.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 L314trav
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 11, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (iiii, 16 p.); 28 cm
    16 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour orchestre: 2(picc)222/223(tr bs)1/ timbales/piano/cordes
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