Vingt-trois aphorismes
L'implacable logique de l'unicité

Nicolas Gilbert
Composition Date: 2001
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Misc. Octets (Woodwinds Only)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 8 x Flute
Programme Note:
...I set the foundations for a first formal sketch of the piece for flutes. I abandoned half the grouping technique. I believe the mechanism is clear enough. In fact, it is simplistic, but despite everything it is far less foolish than the previous draft. I believe the recipient should forget as soon as possible the material, the sound, and replace it with the little mind game that I propose which consists of a six-cell motif repeated 23 times. Each time, the total duration of the motif and the proportional duration of each cell are different. There exists a code, which allows one to deduce the duration of the following cell by its harmonic elements. The code will always be more or less consciously perceived. In short, we will have the same type of game of predictability/non-predictability as in the Digue. To this I will had three insertions (I do not quite know yet what kind of insertions). The equivalent of those famous “3” in the paintings of Charles Gagnon, a second level of meaning, maybe a far more precise coding level (maybe a historical reference...

Premiere Information:
22 novembre 2001, Cinquième salle de la Place des Arts (Montréal); Ensemble Alizé, Véronique Lacroix, dir.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 5158 G465vi 2001
  • Genre:
  • Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Misc. Octets (Woodwinds Only)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 8, 2005
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (ii, 31 p.) ;
    33 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour octuor de flûte (2 picc, 5 flutes, 1 flûte basse).
    Commande de l'Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal.
    Partition éditée chez Édition HH.

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