I need to hear it first was commissioned by Quasar Saxophone. The work was created on May the 30th 2018, as part of the concert Territoires sonores. The work was revised later and was played by the quartet in many opportunities.
My work often begins with research, the appropriation of an image in sound. In “I need to hear it first”, this image is constructed out of granular points which, by their proximity, form a musical figure. This figure repeats and transforms itself constantly, retaining the trace of earlier instantiations. In my music, I explore repetition in an inexact manner: subtle changes are produced in each iteration, and these changes reappear both in the musical material itself and in the variation of the auditory perspective.
For a number of years, during my adolescence, I practiced tenor saxophone and played in the school’s Big Band. This work is an occasion to explore this instrument as a composer for (almost) the first time, I am endeavoring to treat the instruments here as one, composed of four individuals, and not as four instruments creating an ensemble. The creative process of workshopping the piece with Quasar permitted me to explore many directions before finding that of the final work.
A large part of the tones I explore present very fine nuances and delicate modes of playing, which allow me to obtain a wide variety of expressions that would otherwise not be accessible; one finds therein a fragility in the sound, vibrations, granulation, a whole range of “parasitic” noises.
The name of the piece came to me during a discussion with a friend on this subject. He told me, “I need to hear it first,” and I then decided to simply call it that. The piece is divided into several small sections comprising words in Hebrew and English, which are a melange of all the names I wanted to give to the piece: Tetarim tetarim, Alma, Hie, Pash, Southwest, How many mics?, Acoustic fields, Northeast, Coda.
Performances of the piece :
30-31 May 2018, 20:00, Territoires Sonores, Amphithéâtre du Gesù, Montréal
New Chapter, Conseil des arts du Canada, Quasar, Quatour de Saxophones
8 Canadian commissioned works: Rebecca Bruton (Alberta), Émilie Girard-Charest (Québec) Alec Hall (Ontario) Jim O’Leary (Île du Prince-Édouard) Ofer Pelz (Québec) Ana Dall’Ara-Majek(Québec) William Kuo (Colombie-Britannique), Hiroki Tsuromoto (Ontario)
09/05/2019, Série Belgique, Vues Espace Aline-Letendre – Église du Gesù, Montréal, QC
Henri Pousseur, Vue sur les jardins interdits (1973), Max Charue, C.O.N.F.I.D.E.N.T.I.E.L. (2018) (première montréalaise), Ofer Pelz, I need to hear it first (2018), Claude Vivier, Pulau Dewata (1977; Arr. Walter Boudreau, 1983), Vykintas Baltakas, Saxopho(e)nix (2019) (création)
I need to hear it first, performed by Quasar Quatuor de saxophones
01/02/2020 NUMUS, Tournée Ontario, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Université Wilfrid-Laurier, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Concert of Quasar Saxophone Quartet Montreal. Territoires sonores.
Émilie Girard-Charest – Bestiaire, Jim O’Leary – Music for Saxophone Quartet, Ofer Pelz – I need to hear it first, Alec Hall – God keep our land glorious and rich, Hiroki Tsurumoto – voice vox ii, Ana Dall Ara-Majek– Lux Operon
09/11/2019 – 15:00 Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
Concert of Quasar Saxophone Quartet
06/11/2019 – 15:00 Robert-Schumann Hochschule, Düsseldorf, Germany
Concert of Quasar Saxophone Quartet
23/08/2019 Salt Festival, School of Music, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
Concert of Quasar Saxophone Quartet Montreal. Territoires sonores
Rebecca Bruton – Mammalian Mother Tongues, Émilie Girard-Charest – Bestiaire, Jim O’Leary – Music for Saxophone Quartet, Ofer Pelz – I need to hear it first, Ajtony Csaba – Gossamer2