The Door in the Wall… Instruments d’Illusion?
« An enrichment of humanity » said one person about this large-scale work by vivie’ vinçent.
Another experienced « a hypnotic almost oniric effect » , and for another the overall architectural span of the work recalled Glenn Gould’s « The Idea of North ». The booklet’s back cover reads « for glenn gould and gwendolyn macewen » but Glenn Gould is more than a phantom reference here, for what vivie’ vinçent considers to be his most valuable legacy has been furthered and taken to new heights by this artist in this two-cd project. vivie’ vinçent has daringly and confidently imposed her own experiments in microphony upon three of the thirteen works on the programme, shattering conventional hearing and notions of the harpsichord. Here is music liberated at last from the confines of this cruel one-dimensional instrument.
– h.m. anton
« the idea of silence » for harpsichordist, metal chair, microphones and anæchoïc chamber, is a dur comment on the encroaching disappearance of silence (in its miriad metaphors) in the human world. The recording project « the door in the wall…instrumemntS d’illusion? » was begun on January 2, 1998, Barbara Pentland’s birthday (to whom the discs are dedicated) and also, the first day of the « ice storm » in Montréal. Here now was a new stillness to be treasured. « the idea of silence » pays hommage to that stillness.
vivie’ vinçent’s website: www.isidorart.qc.ca
1. Ostinato & Dance
2. Common Passion
5. À Perte D’Espace
8. On The Other Hand
10. Points of Departure
11. 2 Pieces for Harpsichord
13. …the idea of silence…