Programme Notes

Jean-Patrick Besingrand - Sur la crête d’un enfer à contempler les fleurs

Sur la crête d’un enfer à contempler les fleurs is inspired by one of Kobayashi Issa’s haikus. This piece follows the development of a simple cell that expands progressively. The development is interrupted by bursts of intense events. These outbursts become more and more frequent and longer, finally transforming into the main element of the piece. This narrative is a personal interpretation of Kobayashi’s words.

In this world
We walk on the roof of hell
Gazing at flowers

World Premiere: December 5th, 2019, Phoebe Robertson, Kresge Theater, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2nd performance: February 26th, 2020, Phoebe Robertson, Manhattan School of Music, New York, (NY), USA
European Premiere: December 6th, 2020, Carla Rees, Midlands New Music Symposium, Online, Nottingham, UK

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