1. Opacité et confusion (Opacity and Confusion)
2. Terreur et cauchemar (Terror and Nightmare)
3. Incompréhension et méditation (Misunderstanding and Meditation)
C Piccolo/Flute III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone/ E-flat Alto Saxophone I
E-flat Alto Saxophone II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
This is the story of a man standing in the middle of a huge space covered with an oppressive dark and dense fog. Standing and especially alone in the middle of his opaque and confused psyche, reduced to a fear that leads only to hatred. It is also the story of fourteen young women standing against a white wall. Standing and terrified, alone too, in the middle of a nightmarish storm. Standing up and terrified. Then stretched out and unconscious in front of a red wall. Pierced, forever motionless and light... This is the story of fourteen young souls calmly floating between heaven and earth on the unchanging ocean of the Incomprehensible. It is into the heart of the disturbing abyss of humanity of this ocean that Polytechnique, the second large-scale opus of the young composer Jonathan Dagenais, plunges us.
First section - Opacity and Confusion
Everything is black and undefined. At first was the light, however, but the memory of this light is fading more and more. We now only come across lost rays, stealthy and cold, carried away in spite of themselves by the heavy ballet created by Confusion and her lover, Doubt. The words have lost their meaning and are now scrolling in a bunch of sad and lamentable letters. Good and Evil carry each other away in a slow and lascivious dance while Beauty and Ugliness embrace with cynicism. Matter atomizes, disintegrates, taking with it meaning and reason. Only terror, discomfort and heaviness remain. And this man alone, standing, out of himself and out of the world.
Second section - Terror and Nightmare
Everything is white and clear. Here, between these walls, on a cold December evening, light and life still reign for fourteen young women and their classmates. Then the light around them was torn apart by the screams. Their lives torn to shreds by madness and hatred. He arrived, alone, out of himself and out of the world. Now everything is red and black. Young women are no longer standing. They're on the ground, sagging. The walls are smeared with blood and the light has gone out. Night.
Third section - Misunderstanding and Meditation
There is nothing now. The walls were cleaned, the remains buried, the tears wiped away. What is left of these fourteen young souls flown away? The madness dies down, satiated. The screaming stops. Peace, returning from a long and painful journey, is slowly regaining the hearts of those who remained, witnesses. The fog rises, giving way to a sky as bright as ever, crossed by clouds of a sad gray. Life continues its unchanging course. It is still possible to hear, on some December evenings when the snow is slowly falling, the disturbing and calm call of these fourteen young victims, like fourteen jingling bells. May they gently make life resonate even through darkness and death.
- Program Note by David Leroux (translated from the French through Yandex Translate)
- Audio: Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown
- Audio CD: Ad Hoc Wind Orchestra
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- McGill University (Montreal, Que.) Wind Orchestra (Alain Cazes, conductor) -16 February 2018
- National Youth Band of Canada (Jonathan Dagenais, conductor) – 2013
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Cardassia (2020)
- Encircled (2017)
- Mouvement Frénétique (2018/2020)
- Polytechnique (2011)
- Prelude and Celebration (2015)
- Spring March (2020)
- Stella (2007)
- Symbiopholie! (2009/2016)
- Dagenais, J. (2011). Polytechnique: poème symphonique pour orchestre à vents [score]. [s.n.]:[s.l.].
- Jonathan Dagenais website Accessed 13 March 2017