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Chronographie V (2001) belongs to a series of pieces having as a common point an identical melodic-harmonic material (D, F sharp, C sharp, A, B). This material is not stated here at the outset. On a pedal-group played with the left hand – made up of four notes of the chronographic theme in the order 5, 1, 3, 2 – an expressive theme is gradually built up, first of all made up of three, five, seven and finally nine notes. When this figure is reached, it is complete and begins to develop into a canon, alternating with the “chronographic motif”, which is also becoming more and more important. The pedal-group becomes denser and the themes end up being superimposed, played in faster and faster arpeggiated formulas, the dynamics also increasing. A modulation to the lower minor third creates a sudden colour change that corresponds to the climax of this first part.

This is followed without interruption by a very rhythmic central part based essentially on the chronographic motif transposed into melodic minor mode (G, B flat, F sharp, D, E). The third part brings back a more meditative atmosphere based on another pedal-group: the chronographic motif (G, B, F sharp, D, E) is played by the left hand in regular values on an “E” pedal whose eleven eighth-note length shifts the beat of the measure in four beats in order to obtain a polymetric effect in relation to the right hand, which also plays the chronographic motif in a tight canon in sixteenth notes. Alternating with the above, the opening theme returns, slowly deconstructing itself by reversing the process (9, 5, 3, 2 and finally 1 note), the piece ending in a dreamy and serene atmosphere.

This work appears on the DVD entitled Le Monde Sonore de Michel Lysight (Leonardo Anglani, Kimberly Egberts, Joseph Grau, Hugues Navez, Johan Schmidt, Ronald Van Spaendonck, Sestarmusic-Maguelone label SSMTV-0013 MAG 111.179).

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