He could make the flute sing and lament, ascend to the highest peaks of jubilation or cry out in despair; he could make the instrument chant rhythmically, or show off its virtuosity. None of this was ever virtuosity for its own sake, but manifested itself as deeply felt music communicating a humanist message. Jolivet examined the flute from every possible perspective—deploying it on its own, as a solo instrument with string orchestra or percussion, and in any number of sound combinations in chamber music. He never abandoned the flute throughout the four decades of his compositional activity, and returned to the instrument again and again. To find other composers of significance who attached a comparable degree of importance to the flute as a solo instrument, one would have to trace musical history back centuries, going back to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and his father Johann Sebastian before one can find anything remotely comparable. He was soon to receive lessons in harmony too, which would lead to his first original compositions.

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Jennifer C. The Cinq incantations pour flucircte seule by Andreacute Jolivet are the manifestation of many of the philosophical, spiritual, and musical ideas that occupied the composer early in his career. Somewhat of an auto-didact in philosophical matters, through his studies Jolivet became convinced of the power of music to affect the listener in such a way as to be a means of communication between people, a pathway to self-knowledge and a bridge to spiritual transcendence.

He sought to capture the 'magic' that would allow a composition to work on the psyche, and even the physiology, of the listener. These three interests resulted in the development of the musical philosophy that became the impetus for the compositions from his early period, , when the Cinq incantations were written.

An in-depth analysis of each incantation follows, concentrating on motivic development and how these motives work to express his extra-musical ideas. Next, the document examines two specific compositional techniques which most obviously serve to further Jolivet's aims of creating a 'magic spell': repetition and juxtaposition of contrasting elements. Repetition has long been used as a means of reaching altered or ecstatic states; it works in these pieces in a similar way, serving to focus the mind like a chanted prayer or mantra.

The juxtaposition of contrasting elements is so effective because it heightens the awareness of the listener while mimicking the constant motion and flux of our own inner lives. The document concludes that Jolivet is successful in his aim of capturing both the programmatic theme of each incantation evocations of singular moments in the life of a person and community, such as inter-personal communication, childbirth, daily labor, spirituality and death and, on a deeper level, accessing the resonance of universal experiences.


Jolivet, A. - Cinq Incantations

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