Jimmie LeBlanc • compositeur

.. stop being a glass. Become a lake.

piano seul (2015, 11')

An aging master grew tired of his apprentice complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Bitter” spit the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake, and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”

“Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.

“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.

“No,” said the young man.

At this, the master sat beside this serious young man who so reminded him of himself and took his hands, offering, “The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things .... Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”

(Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening, Conari Press 2000)

Dans l’esprit contemplatif d’une méditation, j’ai tenté de capturer cette métaphore de notre perception qui change - jusqu’à s’annihiler - en fonction du «·contenant·». À partir d’une seule idée et de son parcours sur tout l’ambitus de l’instrument, j’ai cherché à suspendre le temps musical, à isoler une sorte d’instant qui finit par se fondre dans la sonorité et la durée. / In the spirit of a contemplative meditation, I tried to capture this metaphor of our perception that changes - until self-annihilation - depending on the ''container’’. Using a single idea and its journey across the entire range of the instrument, I sought to suspend musical time, to isolate some sort of an 'instantaneous moment' that eventually melts into sonority and duration.



Création/Premiere :

Moritz Ernst, Montréal, 2015

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