Pierre Jodlowski: Série Blanche for piano and tape (2007)

Instrumentation: Piano and Tape

Contact: p.jodlowski@orange.fr


For the entire score and the tape please contact the composer

“Série blanche” belongs to the «series» cycle devoted to piano  works. This cycle, which started with “Série noire” in 2005, was  commissioned by the Orleans International Piano Competition.
In this cycle, each color provides an opportunity to investigate  a particular link of music with image. The latter may be cinematographic or mental; it is a reference space, the writing starting point. This project based on a cumulative writing principle develops the feeling of a meaningless, rather mechanical world.
It might be considered as a possible transcription of “Un Roi  Sans Divertissement”, a novel by Jean Giono that was published  at the end of the Second World War. In this book and its film adaptation by François Leterrier, absurdity and violence are the  result of man boredom. There are pictures of white snow-covered  landscapes around a grey village with its black figures. Red is  added to this color range only when blood is shed as if it were the  only possible way of solving an absurd situation. Music, therefore,  is characterized by an apparent nonchalance, by a sort of very  simple sweetness, but the layers stack on, every recorded sign  remaining and weaving the line of a crescendo that ends in excess.
As Albert Camus did in “L’Etranger”, Giono wrote this book to say the people’s lack of understanding when concentration camps were discovered.

I have written this music to tell the relentless mechanism, which  implies the disappearance of our perceptual processes and the  gradual erosion to which we are submitted.” (PJ)