To Agrippine

music piece and performance, 2004
Duration 12′. With the voices of Hiromi Asaï and Véronique Gens.

Performed as a solo piece on laptop, To Agrippine is based on the very beginning of Handel’s opera Agrippina. It experiments a situation of time depth: a real time navigation through the temporality of music. An extremely slow gesture produces a simultaneous navigation through three musical layers: the first orchestral part of the opera overture, the first spoken sentence in the recitatives, and the first soprano aria. This slow-motion movement within the musical materials reveals their lines of forces and details, as the aerial approach to a landscape.


Photograph by Frédéric Nauczyciel.