MÉtÉorite et ses mÉtamorphoses
ThÉrÈse Malengreau, piano

French composer André Riotte (1928 – 2011) was closely involved with experiments in avant-garde music, following in the paths of Messiaen, Xenakis and Barraqué. He wrote widely for orchestral and chamber forces, but the piano was his central focus and his compositions for it charts his development from early neo-modal works through studies in pure sound, to the monumental inspiration of his large-scale works. Météorite et ses métamorphoses, one of the composer’s last works, is a monumental work for solo piano. Inspired by meteorites, which represented what Riotte saw as the immense probabilities of an uncertain destiny, he explored the organic progression of the original theme through 31 “metamorphoses” (Riotte’s preferred term for ‘variations’).This work was completed in 2001 and given its première by Thérèse Malengreau in Brussels in 2002, and in Paris a year later.

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Métamorphose XXIV – En rafales – Subitement calme

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