Aimer, C'est Agir (To Love Is To Act) for Alto Flute and Vibraphone
- Staff Pick
This is a great piece for an unusual combination and the colours of the alto flute and the marimba complement each very well. They are used well here with the flute articulation replicating the percussive sounds of the marimba. Contemporary techniques for the alto are supplemented by foot stomps from both players that punctuate the texture with short stops, interrupting the swirls of sound produced by the dovetailing instruments. The opening and closing sections are peaceful and atmospheric. This is a difficult work that is full of imagination and brings out the best in both instruments. It's also a lot of fun!
From the Publisher
Aimer, C'est Agir was commissioned by Matthieu Clavé for The Soundscape Series, a classical music concert series in three movements designed to inspire, enlighten, and educate. This piece was commissioned specifically for the final concert in the series called "New Works - Under Construction" which was a reflection on the progress accomplished in terms of social change, and the work ahead of us that remains. Like music, building bridges and changing habits require perseverance.
"Aimer, c'est agir" is believed to be the final words of French author and activist Victor Hugo. "Aimer, c'est agir" translates to "To love is to act". It was Hugo's life work to shine a spotlight on social injustice and work for change. In order to spark change, we must act - in order to truly love one another, we must get involved. Sometimes getting started is challenging and small, but over time momentum can build to create change not only for ourselves, but more importantly for others who desperately need it.
Finalist: Newly Published Music Competition 2020
Performance duration (approx): 5'30
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).