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A recent release from the ever-prolific Joane Hétu, the work "Musique d’hiver" (winter music) pays tribute to the frisky Nordic winds, the blinding luminosity of winter, the February moon, and the craziness of March, in order to communicate the emotional effervescence of winter.

A 66-minute piece in four scenes (La chute, On se les gèle, Lumière de février, J’ai perdu le nord), "Musique d’hiver" is arranged for acoustic instruments — piano, voice, flutes, alto sax, accordion, percussion — and electric instruments — synthesizer, sampler, and tape manipulation.

It is an invitation to a music ritual for a season of frost and high winds; nakedness, white light, slowness, silence, white noise. A meditative piece, spatially textured, high-pitched, minimalist in words but rich in sonorities blending composition (themes, harmonic structures, shapes) and improvisation (ambient sounds, sound textures, free interpretation), all delivered in a sober, elegant atmosphere.

You will be charmed by the freshness of this winter poetry and by this picturesque scene highlighted by acoustic and metaphorical sonorities.

Track Listing

    • 1
      Musique d’hiver (1999-2000)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      66m06s
      • 1
        La chute
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        15m45s
        • 1
          La chute [sub-movement]
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          3m51s
        • 2
          La joie
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          2m48s
        • 3
          La plus froide
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          4m40s
        • 4
          Le silence de la tempête
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          4m27s
      • 5
        On s’les gèle
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        17m24s
        • 5
          On s’les gèle [sub-movement]
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          4m34s
        • 6
          Christaux cristalisés
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          2m01s
        • 7
          Bourrasque
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          2m44s
        • 8
          Nord / ouest
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          1m49s
        • 9
          Épaisse la couverture
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          3m05s
        • 10
          Tension on gèle
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          3m11s
      • 11
        Lumière de février
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        17m12s
        • 11
          Bleu ciel
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          5m47s
        • 12
          Blanc sur terre
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          6m03s
        • 13
          Nuits d’hiver
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          3m07s
        • 14
          Danse de chandelle
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          2m16s
      • 15
        Perdu l’nord
        • 2.0
          • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
        15m44s
        • 15
          Hémisphère nord
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          5m07s
        • 16
          C’est trop long
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          4m11s
        • 17
          Perdu le nord
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          1m47s
        • 18
          Je dors
          • 2.0
            • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
          4m37s
Total duration: 66m06s