The Chronographies series began in 1990, just after Michel Lysight obtained his first prize in composition. Having searched for his own personal language for a long time, it was in that year that he discovered and studied in depth the music of Steve Reich, Phil Glass, John Adams and North American minimalism in general, which marked a decisive turning point in his stylistic evolution.
All the works in the series will be based on these two motifs: a motif (C, E, B, G, A) and the counter-motif that completes it melodically and harmonically (D, C, G, B, F sharp). They are used as main or secondary elements, or as a complement to the themes of each Chronographie. Over time, in addition to the extremely demanding rhythmic writing present from the beginning, he has been able to reintegrate a more assertive lyricism, romantic but without pathos.