Black Angels

… de l’ombre à la lumière …

Black Angels is probably the only quartet to have been inspired by the Vietnam War. The work draws from an arsenal of sounds including shouting, chanting, whistling, whispering, gongs, maracas, and crystal glasses. The score bears two inscriptions: in tempore belli (in time of war) and “Finished on Friday the Thirteenth, March, 1970”. Black Angels was conceived as a kind of parable on our troubled contemporary world. (…)
The work portrays a voyage of the soul. The three stages of this voyage are Departure (fall from grace), Absence (spiritual annihilation) and Return (redemption). (…) The work abounds in conventional musical symbolisms such as the Diabolus in Musica (the interval of the tritone) and the Trillo Di Diavolo (the “Devil’s Trill”, after Tartini). “ G. Crumb

With this work as the center, our goal was to weave together a concert that respects this voyage of the soul, as it emerges from the infinitely small, its confinement and the murmuring swarm, toward a release into space, emptiness, and even serenity. “Black Angels” remains the pivot, the passageway, in this two-part concert. The performance is structured so as to expand upon Crumb’s piece, and allows us to confront the tension between the most divergent of musical directions. Q. Béla


John OSWALD “Spectre” for string quartet and recording
György LIGETI quartet n°2, 3rd, 4th, 5th mvt
George CRUMB “Black Angels”
Mats EDÉN quartet n°1, 3rd movement
Erkki-Sven TÜÜR quartet n°1, 1st movement
Benjamin BRITTEN quartet n°1, 1st movement


Jeudi 24 Avril 2008, 20:00,
Festival La Belle Ouïe, Lavoir Moderne Parisien


La Belle Ouïe Festival, Lavoir Moderne Parisien, Espace Malraux, Scène Nationale de Chambéry