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André Riotte (1928-2011): Météorite et ses Métamophoses / Therese Malengreau, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Composer André Riotte was closely involved with 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; his compositions for it chart his development from neo-modal 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 milestone in contemporary repertoire, metamorphosing - a term Riotte preferred to 'variations' - and acknowledging the influence of Debussy, Bach and Beethoven.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Andre Riotte's Meteorite et ses Metamorphoses (2001) is one of his last works, a massive set of "metamorphoses", a term he preferred to "variations". The notes claim that Riotte followed Messiaen, Xenakis, and Barraque, and also acknowledging Debussy, Bach, and Beethoven's Diabelli Variations as they influenced this work in particular. Each metamorphosis is titled according to its qualities. For example, XIV is called 'Staccato vif et vigoureux' - and it is. Some are named more for a general character than for specific musical techniques or articulations: XV is 'Impulsif', and it is more freely expressive than many of the others and shifts suddenly in mood halfway through. This at first felt clever and I had fun following along with the titles.


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