Friend-Ships in the oceans of hearings
Composer: Frédéric Hartmann
Duration: 6 min.
“I composed this piece in hommage to Henrik Svitzer who, in spring 2008, offered me to publish my music.
The word-game title presents the intention to express a metaphoric connection between the mutations of the friendship's bond in the travel across life and the evolution of ships at the mercy of atmospheric and maritime conditions. It is a track between figurative and oniric. Descriptive evocations, lyricism, multiple openings to listening, varied approaches to presence of the living, sounding ellipses are as much elements which constitute the musical tale-discourse of this piece. The flutist is invited here to integrate the pastoral or usual sound and its variations to the sound-palette that it equally constitutes with the other numerous techniques. I ask to the performer to consider the different aspects of the sound of his instrument as musical elements in themselves and as face's facets of the so specific Boehm flute's expressivity.”
“Friend-Ships, in the oceans of hearings” has been world-premiered by the dedicatory in Peking at spring 2009 and in Europe, in Copenhagen, in summer 2009.
About the composer +
Frédéric Hartmann was born in 1957 in Le Havre (France). Flutist (he studied with Jean Claude Dhainault, Françoise Bellec, Pierre Deville, Roger Bourdin, Fernand Caratgé, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ida Ribera, Sophie Cherrier, and Jean-Louis Beaumadier), improviser, composer, professor, he is also invited for conducting his pieces. Frédéric Hartmann
He played as concertist in solo and chamber formations, as well as in symphonic and lyric orchestras in Paris, french regions and abroad. He is still member of the French Flute Orchestra in which he played the first flute during many years. He is currently teaching Boehm flute and free solo improvisation in the conservatory of Calais (France) and during master classes.
He composed for flute solo, flute and piano, flute and tuba, flute and voice, flute ensemble, flute-orchestra, windorchestra and had made arrangements for flute-guitar and flute-tuba duets. He is the author of "Earth Living Work" for "métaflute" and many improcompositions published in compact disk and on the net.
Frédéric Hartmann has been ordered compositions on public and private demands. Some of his works have been created in festivals of contemporary music in and out of France, recently in China and Denmark.
Front Cover graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
Photo: © Danièle Rayssiguier
Engraving: Frédéric Hartmann
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