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Techno Parade

Guillaume Connesson (b. 1970)

Phillipe Bernold

Phillipe Bernold

Composer
Guillaume Connesson (b. 1970)
Composition Year
2002
Artists
Phillipe Bernold [flute], Romain Guyot [clarinet], Peter Laul [piano]

Programme Note Writer:
© Ian Fox

This blistering trio for piano, clarinet and flute is a virtuosic endeavor as each instrument is assigned its own obsessive rhythm. Connesson admits that as a listener he prioritizes a physical connection with music and as a result his compositions are very pulse centered. He is inspired by contemporary pop genres (including techno, as the title suggests) and believes that song and dance are the original vehicles for any genre of music. Nonetheless one can also hear the influences of John Adams, Philip Glass, and George Gershwin.

The piece starts with a blast of energy as flute and piano play their frenetic lines, eventually clarinet joining in with a wail. The clarinet and flute parts join together in a lyrical line, a stark contrast from the rhythmic frenzy in the piano. Aside from the tempo, the piece seemingly has nothing to do with techno, until the pianist stands up to muffle and scratch the strings of the piano, creating a distorted sound that truly does sound like electronic music. On top of this, the flute uses the flutter tongue technique for a piercing effect, but only for a moment before rejoining the clarinet to close the piece with a flourish.  

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Techno Parade

Composer: Guillaume Connesson (b. 1970)
Performance date: Saturday 4th July 2015
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Guillaume Connesson (b. 1970)
Work Title Techno Parade
Composition Year 2002
Artist(s) Phillipe Bernold [flute], Romain Guyot [clarinet], Peter Laul [piano]
Performance Date Saturday 4th July 2015
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Finale
Duration 00:04:45
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Trio
Instrumentation fl, cl, pf
Programme Note Writer © Ian Fox

This blistering trio for piano, clarinet and flute is a virtuosic endeavor as each instrument is assigned its own obsessive rhythm. Connesson admits that as a listener he prioritizes a physical connection with music and as a result his compositions are very pulse centered. He is inspired by contemporary pop genres (including techno, as the title suggests) and believes that song and dance are the original vehicles for any genre of music. Nonetheless one can also hear the influences of John Adams, Philip Glass, and George Gershwin.

The piece starts with a blast of energy as flute and piano play their frenetic lines, eventually clarinet joining in with a wail. The clarinet and flute parts join together in a lyrical line, a stark contrast from the rhythmic frenzy in the piano. Aside from the tempo, the piece seemingly has nothing to do with techno, until the pianist stands up to muffle and scratch the strings of the piano, creating a distorted sound that truly does sound like electronic music. On top of this, the flute uses the flutter tongue technique for a piercing effect, but only for a moment before rejoining the clarinet to close the piece with a flourish.