NoaNoa ('Fragrant')

by Kaija Saariaho

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Kaija Saariaho

NoaNoa ('Fragrant')

Music Finland

Description

NoaNoa ('Fragrant' 1992) was born from the ideas I had for flute while writing my ballet music Maa. I wanted to write down, exaggerate, even abuse certain flute mannerisms that had been haunting me for some years, and thus force myself to move onto something new. Formally I experimented with an idea of developing several elements simultaneously, first sequentially, then superimposed on each other. The title refers to a wood cut by Paul Gauguin called NoaNoa. It also refers to a travel diary of the same name, written by Gauguin during his visit to Tahiti in 1891-93. The fragments of phrases selected for the voice part in the piece come from this book. NoaNoa is also a team work. Many details in the flute part were worked out with Camilla Hoitenga. The electronic part was developed under the supervision of Jean-Baptiste Barrière and programmed by Xavier Chabot. © Kaija Saariaho (Chester Music Ltd.) NoaNoa prolonge l'écriture pour la flûte développée dans le ballet Maa. Le titre fait référence à une gravure de Paul Gauguin ainsi qu'au journal écrit par l'artiste à Tahiti. En tahitien, NoaNoa signifie odeur. Les mots prononcés par le flûtiste proviennent de ce journal. La pièce est dédiée à Camilla Hoitenga. © Risto Nieminen, 1994 © Ircam - Centre Georges-Pompidou, 1994 (From Kaija Saariaho, Ircam 1995)


Instrumentation

fl+computer, harmonizer [[fl+computer (reverberation with LPX-15 sound processor+prerecorded], material on SyQuest 88Mb HD-device, switched by flutist).]


Category

Works for Solo Instrument


Premiere

Camilla Hoitenga and techniques by Ircam, Darmstadt, July 23, 1992.


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