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Holy Night).

The last is a glorification of the Nativity, the birth of the Truth of


Life.’
‘I chose the texts after having written the music (even then I knew what I was
looking for); one of the great privileges of Spanish folk music being to displace
the tonic stress as the music goes on without mistreating the meaning—the
semantics remain intact.’

RÉCIT DE L’AN ZÉRO (no. 42) Playing time: 38’


‘Christmas’ Oratorio for narrator, soli, mixed chorus and small orchestra, on a
poem by Georges Schehadé (Editions Gallimard)
3 parts: I-Les Mages; II-La Chambre d’hôtel; III-La Polka
" Forces: narrator, tenor, bass, child’s voice, mixed chorus SATB (12 voices),
orchestra 0.2.1.1, 0.0.0.0, percussion (4 performers), piano, chromatic cithara
and in thirds of tones, strings 1.0.1.1.1
Percussion instruments:
I: 3 tom-toms (G, C, F), tambourine, drum, military drum, bass drum, small
cymbal, 2 woodblocks, tam-tam
II: xylophone, large cymbal, small cymbal, Chinese cymbal, woodblock, crotale
or Chinese bell, triangle
III: low tom, bass drum, 2 high cymbals (two-handed), triangle, tambourine,
maracas, 1 large cymbal, tam-tam, castanets, guiro
IV: hammer glockenspiel, 2 two-handed cymbals (low)
! Publisher: Billaudot, 1969
‘Planned jointly by Georges Schehadé and Maurice Ohana back in 1951, when
collaborating on Monsieur Bob’le, the Récit de l’an zéro was not written until
1959. The work of the poet and musician was simultaneous, since certain parts of
the text were added in the course of the first performance of the musical work to
complete its construction.’
‘This is a Gospel reading in a Black community. In the first part, the narrator
acting as pastor and the chorus portraying his flock, the mystical exaltation
gradually leads the community and its shepherd towards a state of trance similar
to that which overcomes participants in certain African rites. In the second part
(‘Bethlehem’), a child’s voice sets the scene and will sing the epilogue. The
chorus of the flock becomes a choir of angels for the circumstance, echoing
Joseph or accompanying the ass in its remarks. The final episode brings the
listener back, after this mystery played in the middle of the service, to the poetic
conclusion of the Gospel reading, with the child’s lullaby played on the cithara
and the concluding Alleluia.’

OFFICE DES ORACLES (no. 76) Playing time: 40-44’


‘Autosacramental’ for three vocal groups, instrumental ensemble, mimes and
dancers
12 parts: I-Alpha; II-Oniracle; III-Dragon à trois têtes; IV-Minotaure aux miroirs;
V-Son Changô; VI-Météoracle; VII-Tarots; VIII-Interrogation des oiseaux; IX-
Écriture automatique; X-Oroscope; XI-Pythie; XII-Omega
" Forces: vocal group I of 4 soloists (2 sopranos, 1 mezzo, 1 contralto), vocal
group II of 40-50 mixed voices SATB, vocal group III of 16-22 mixed voices
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