Couleurs du vent

Work notes For Mikael Helasvuo
Publisher Chester Music Ltd
Category Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed  1998
Duration 9 Minutes
Orchestration Alto Flute
Availability Sale

Programme Note
Couleurs du vent (1998)

Couleurs du vent is an improvisation over the material of Cendres for alto flute, cello and piano (1998). For years I listened to the solo part of my double concerto …à la fumée for alto flute and cello, always planning to explore it again. I particularly wanted to focus on the flute’s palette of flat and noisy colours. The material of Cendres – which was still vivid in my mind since I had just finished the piece – was the starting point for a feverish writing process. The piece arose within a few days as I went through great emotions during my first days in France after one year spent in Finland. In the face of a fatal disease in my family, the blowing of the wind became the symbol of life to me, and the piece became a story of breathing…