Jolivet Cinq Incantations for Solo Flute


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Jolivet Cinq Incantations for Solo Flute

Jolivet Cinq Incantations for Solo Flute

Publisher-Boosey and Hawkes
Cinq Incantations pour flûte seule
Solo Flute / Unaccompanied Flute
World Premiere 14/01/1937 / Sorbonne, Paris / Jan Merry Cohu, flute
Duration: 20 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1936


A set of 5 expressive and mystical pieces for flute solo composed by Andre Jovilet in 1936.

A Quote from Andre Jolivet

In 1936 when I wrote Cinq Incantations for solo flute, I wanted to state the prime importance of the monodic element in music, i.e. melody meticulously organised from the point of view both of successive harmony (the sequence of intervals) and of rhythm, volume and pitch. The only purpose, however, of the carefully measured combinations of these different elements is to generate musical feeling and, in the most sensitive (or the “newest”) listeners, a feeling similar to the panic impulses of primitive man. It was better to achieve this result that I chose the flute which is the musical instrument par excellence because, endowed with life by the breath, man’s deepest emanation, the flute charges sounds with what is both visceral and cosmic in us.” Andre  Jolivet 

André Jolivet

French composer, Jolivet (1905-1974) composed music with ancient and modern influences. At a young age, he studied cello and painting and later went on to study at teacher training college. During this time, one of his teachers recognised his compositional talents and he subsequently became a student of Paul Le Flem. He later had a keen interest in Schoenberg and atonality and became a student of Edgar Varese. Jolivet was also heavily influenced by Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas and Maurice Ravel.

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