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Kaija Saariaho

Publisher: Chester Music

Quatre Instants (2002)
commissioned by Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris and The Barbican Centre, London
Work Notes
dedicated to Karita Mattila
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
2002
Duration
23 Minutes
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Programme Note
Kaija Saariaho Quatre Instants (2002)
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I Attente

Je suis la barque qui dérive
Mon amant est sur l'autre rive
Et la mer est si vaste

Je suis la barque qui dérive
Mon amant est sur l'autre rive
Et le vent est tombé

J'ai déployé toutes les voiles
Pour que le vent me pousse

J'ai déployé toutes les voiles
Pour que l'amant me voie


II Douleur

Je ne voulais pas croiser son regard
Le remords me brûle
Mes yeux se sont tournés vers lui
Mes yeux ne m'ont pas obéi

Je ne voulais pas croiser son chemin
Le remords me brûle
Mes pas m'ont conduite vers lui
Mes pas ne m'ont pas obéi

Cette nuit-là, je m'en souviens,
La lune était pleine
Ma porte s'est ouverte à lui
Puis, doucement, refermée

Je ne voulais pas que ses bras m'enlacent
Le remords me brûle
Mon corps a dérivé vers lui
Mon corps ne m'a pas obéi

J'aurais tellement voulu le garder
Le remords me brûle
Un jour de plus, une autre nuit
Il ne m'a pas obéi

Cette nuit-là, je m'en souviens,
La lune était pleine


III Parfum de l'instant

Tu es auprès de moi
Mais je ferme les yeux
Pour t'imaginer

Nos lèvres se frôlent
Nos doigts s'emmêlent
Nos corps se découvrent
Mais je ferme les yeux
Pour rêver de toi

Tu es le parfum de l'instant
Tu es la peau du rêve
Et déjà la matière du souvenir


IV Résonances

Ma porte s'est ouverte à lui
Puis, doucement, refermée

J'ai déployé toutes les voiles
Pour que l'amant me voie

J'aurais tellement voulu te garder
Nos doigts s'emmêlent
Nos corps se découvrent

Tu es le parfum de l'instant
Tu es la peau du rêve

J'aurais tellement voulu te garder
Nos corps se découvrent
Mais je ferme les yeux

J'aurais tellement voulu te garder
Le remords me brûle
Mais je ferme les yeux

Je suis la barque qui dérive
Mon amant est sur l'autre rive
Et le vent est tombé


Text by Amin Maalouf

  • Soloist(s)
    Karita Matttila, Martin Katz
    Ondine:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 15 MAR 2013
    Goldsmiths College
    Goldsmith Sinfonia
  • 10 MAR 2012
    Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall
    St Louis Symphony Orchestra
    David Robertson, conductor
  • 02 MAR 2012
    Quatre Instants, for Soprano and Orchestra
    St. Louis, MO
    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    David Robertson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    10 March - St. Louis, MO
  • 08 OCT 2011
    Saariaho Festival Den Haag
    Korzo Theatre, Den Haag, The Netherlands
    New European Ensemble
    Willem Stab, cello / Roswotja Bergmann, soprano / Tomoko Mukaiyama, piano / cellists from the Royal Conservatory; Christian Karlsen, conductor
  • 13 APR 2011
    Quatre Instants Country Premiere
    Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
    Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
    Karita Mattila; Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15 April - de Doelen Rotterdam, Holland
  • 04 MAR 2011
    St Ann and the Holy Trinity, New York
    One World Symphony
    Claire Molloy; Sung Jin Hong, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6 March - Ansche Chesed Synagogue, New York
  • 02 MAR 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    David Robertson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    3,10 March - St. Louis, MO
  • 15 DEC 2010
    Konservatoriets Koncertsal, Denmark
    Anne-Marie Lipsonen
  • 22 JUL 2010
    Rheingau Musik Festival
    Schloss Johannisberg, Germany
    Pia Freund, soprano / Camilla Hoitenga, flute / Anssi Karttunen, cello / David Leifley, piano
  • 19 APR 2008
    Stieren Hall, Santa Fe, USA
    Santa Fe New Music / Santa Fe Opera
  • 11 APR 2008
    Rennes, France
    Orchestre de Bretagne
  • 01 OCT 2006
    Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, Finland
    Karita Mattila, soprano; Martin Katz, piano

    Other Dates:
    8 October - Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, Finland
  • 15 MAY 2005
    Musée et Domaine nationaux du Château de Fontainebleau
    Room of the Beautiful Chimney
    Garth Knox viola, Anssi Kartunen violoncello, Valerie Gabail soprano, Tuija Hakkila piano
  • 22 JUL 2004
    Huittinen, Finland
    Karita Mattila, soprano / Martin Katz, piano

    Other Dates:
    29 July - Huittinen, Finland
    25 July; 1 August - Savonlinna, Finland
    7 August - Salzburg, Austria
  • 11 OCT 2003
    Quatre Instants US Premiere
    New York
    New York Philharmonic Orchestra
    Sakari Oramo, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12,13,16 October - New York
  • 12 AUG 2003
    Quatre Instants Country Premiere
    Mikkeli Music Festival
    Mikalei Concert Hall Mikkeli Finland
    Karita Mattila, soprano

    Other Dates:
    14 August - Mikalei Concert Hall Mikkeli Finland
  • 01 AUG 2003
    Tammisaari Music Festival
    Tammisaari, Finland
    Finnish Chamber Orchestra
    Karita Mattila, soprano
  • 05 APR 2003
    Quatre Instants UK Premiere
    Kaija Saariaho - UK Premiere
    Barbican Hall, London
    Karita Mattila, soprano / Tuija Hakkila, piano
  • 05 APR 2003
    Quatre Instants UK Premiere
    Barbican Centre, London
    Karita Mattila, soprano / Tuija Hakkila, piano
  • 02 APR 2003
    Quatre Instants World Premiere
    Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris
    Karita Mattila, soprano / Tuija Hakkila, piano

Reviews
Quatre Instants was wonderful. Saariaho’s texts, by the Paris-based, Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf, are outwardly simple love poems, deliberately engineered to allow space for the music to explore to disturbing, torrid depths all the stormy, passionate, yearning, regretful feelings that the emotion of love involves......Saariaho’s music is a haunting, gestural but florid sequence of extremes. The keyboard pert is elaborate and richly nuanced, charged with resonances of Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. Like Ravel, Saariaho is intrigued by obsession, in this case reflected in the references throughout the cycle to two oscillating notes a semitone apart. Above and around this bubbling volcano the singer probes, her imagination set on fire by desire or by panic, sometimes to the point of primal scream.
Stephen Pettitt, Evening Standard,4/7/2003
Finnish goddess Karita Mattila is partway through a European recital tour, the centrepiece of which is Quatre Instants, a new song cycle by her aloof compatriot, Kaija Saariaho. Setting poetry by Amin Maalouf, Quatre Instants examines the emotions of an unnamed woman as erotic anticipation gives way first to inexplicable sexual terror, then to an ecstatic depiction of lovemaking. The cycle pushes Mattila to her vocal and expressive limits. Her voluptuous tone darkens into neurosis as the woman rails at her lover's absence. Sexually assailed by him, she repeatedly rasps the phrase "remorse burns me" in her chest register, punctuating it with shrieks, at once orgasmic and terrified. Saariaho's piano writing, astonishingly played by Tuija Hakkila, is equally intense, ranging from filigree figurations to explosive outbursts.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian,4/7/2003
Karita Mattila is the inspiration behind Kaija Saariaho’s latest score Quatre Instants, just premiered in Paris and London (with the Barbican as co-commissioner), is surely one of Saariaho’s most important works to date. That is saying something, but it builds on the composer’s fruitful association with the writer Amin Maalouf, librettist of her recent opera, L’amour de loin. His texts here, revealing different faces of love, are matched by music of hothouse intensity. The wide-ranging vocal lines are challenging, yet tailored to the big scale of Mattila’s voice. The evocative piano part, played here with fluttering virtuosity by Tuija Hakkila, is packed with detail that points towards an orchestral version, due soon.
John Allison, Daily Telegraph,4/7/2003
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