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Kaija Saariaho

Publisher: Chester Music

NoaNoa (1992)
Work Notes
electronics produced at the studios of IRCAM
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
1992
Duration
10 Minutes
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Programme Note
Kaija Saariaho NoaNoa (1992)
FOR FULL INFORMATION ON THE ELECTRONICS, please click here.

Click here to read a performance guide for NoaNoa written by celebrated flutist Camilla Hoitenga

NoaNoa ('Fragrant' 1992) was born from the ideas I had for flute while writing my ballet music Maa. I wanted to write down, exaggerate, even abuse certain flute mannerisms that had been haunting me for some years, and thus force myself to move onto something new.

Formally I experimented with an idea of developing several elements simultaneously, first sequentially, then superimposed on each other.

The title refers to a wood cut by Paul Gauguin called NoaNoa. It also refers to a travel diary of the same name, written by Gauguin during his visit to Tahiti in 1891-93. The fragments of phrases selected for the voice part in the piece come from this book.

NoaNoa is also a team work. Many details in the flute part were worked out with Camilla Hoitenga. The electronic part was developed under the supervision of Jean-Baptiste Barrière and programmed by Xavier Chabot.

Kaija Saariaho

  • Soloist(s)
    Camille Hoitenga, flute
    Neuma:
  • Soloist(s)
    Anssi Karttunen, cello / Camilla Hoitenga, flute / Dawn Upshaw, soprano
    Naïve:
  • Soloist(s)
    Anssi Karttunen, cello / Florent Jodelet, percussion / Camilla Hoitenga, flute / Dawn Upshaw, soprano
    Ondine:
  • Ensemble
    Wolpe Trio
    Soloist(s)
    Andreas Boettger, percussion
    KAIROS:
  • Ensemble
    Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Camilla Hoitenga, flute
    Conductor
    Esa-Pekka Salonen
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