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The rather unusual structure of this 11-minute piece was inspired by the idea of a Calder-type mobile, where different parts of the construction rotate at their own pace, coming in and out of view at different times from each other. Arbres d’alignement consists of five distinct strands of music, each with its own designated function (essentially melodic, rhythmic or harmonic, although all of course have other traits) and specifically associated ‘characteristic’ intervals, and these strands have a number of peaks and troughs of intensity occurring independently of each other. The peak or trough of one strand can affect what happens in the others, and there are points when a number of peaks or troughs occur simultaneously or else in proximity to each other, affecting the shape of the whole structure.
Arbres d’alignement is also the title of a photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson, showing a tree-lined French country road stretching off into apparent endlessness.
“The carefully layered piece showed a conceptual strength and gestural clarity.”
(Irish Times, 24th February 2004. RTÉ CO cond. Jacques Mercier)