Hymne I (2010) is the first part of a cycle for flute, piano and percussions entitled Hymnes à la nuit (Hymns to the night), as a reference to the Hymnen an die Nacht by Novalis. It is a cycle of six pieces – as the six texts constituting the German poet’s work – that all present a different instrumental group, from the solo to the trio.
Beside the fascinating praise to the night and to the death-rebirth, what most appealed to me in Novalis’ Hymns is the way they talk to us about the very experience of the creation: how, in the strictest loneliness of this transcendental night, beyond time and space, man is at the very core of the work, in its elusive infinity. Maurice Blanchot tells us: “The work draws whomever devotes himself to it toward the point where it undergoes impossibility. An experience that is properly nocturnal, that is the very experience of the night.”
(translation Philippe Do)