Palette de Couleur et de Lumiere
The concept of a palette of instrumental colour and timbre is derived from deepest aesthetic principles of the work. The choice of instruments are essential to the colouristic balance of the work.
Tom-toms Bass drum
Small shaker Tambourine
Flute/Alto Flute Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
With the piano as the mediator, the opportunity for balanced and contrasting exploration of instrumental colour are great. For example;
The two types of combinations are demonstrated below. The first is cross-species representation where there is a contrast of both instrument and register.
The second contrast intrumental colour only.
This is similar to the first cross-species representation above. Here however, they are of the same instrumental family-the drum. Therefore the contrast is of timbre rather than colour.
This is a contrast of timbre and a subtle change of register.
With the keyboard percussion combined (which in terms of colour and register stretches a wide range)interesting cells of timbre and colour emerge.
The combinations are maximised when woodwind are taken into consideration:
Treble Alto Tenor Bass
Catergories I Flute Alto Flute Clarinet Bass Clarinet
Catergories II Glock. Vibraphone............. Pianoforte
Catergories III Cabasa Tom-Tom Congas Bass drum
Catergories can also be made in terms of metal and wood sounding instruments:
Vibraphone Wood blocks...
Like the previous work Apres La Mort des Artistes, the instrumental combinations are devised through an elaborate and complex plan. The leading figurative writing is divided between instruments that are intended to dominate the texture.