La dialectique volatile – Jean-Luc Rimey-Meille


Sheet music for solo timpani

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La dialectique volatile – Jean-Luc Rimey-Meille

Sheet music for solo timpani.

Commissioned by Jean Fessard

For 5 Timpani (or 6)

This story is not only ornithological, it goes through a Prevert inventory based on the repetition of the first syllable, a list of words beginning with CUI… then CU… to end with the famous onomatopoeia that imitates the song of the bird: Cui cui.

The subject is light while being exaggeratedly dramatized by the indications of play (didascalies).

The timpani first supports the voice during the inventory, then takes the floor with an oriental motif, based on alternating 2 or 3 beats.
After the return of the inventory, a development of the oriental theme leads to a final chorale taking up the main theme at the very end.

The mention of César Cui is totally linked to the thematic but also to the musical subject since he was a composer born in Russia in 1835 and died in 1913.

There is no indication of how to play the timpani at the beginning, but the performer is totally free to “color” the written ostinato by changing the stick, playing with the handle, rubbing the head, or any other idea related to the text or not.

Duration: about 7 minutes

Additional information

Weight 0.05 kg

Digital sheet music for immediate download, Sending of hard copy



5 – 8 mn