Topographic long range – Eric Fischer


Sheet music for viola da gamba

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Topographic long range – Eric Fischer

Sheet music for viola da gamba

Dedicated to Marianne Muller.

* 1) First duet (2 bass viols) * 2) The geosophics (solo bass viol) A. Sources B. Concordancia discordancium canonum C. Medius D. Abruptness E. Coda

* 3) Second duet (2 bass viols) * 4) La clepsydre (Trio: 1 top viol and 2 bass viols).

Topographic Long Rangewas recorded by Marianne Muller on the cd “Poeticall Musicke…Topographic Long Range“, oeuvres de Tobia Hume et Eric Fischer.

Writing for the viola da gamba (or any other so-called early instrument) is not related to any nostalgia. The viola da gamba was slowly put on the back burner in the middle of the 18th century, and has reappeared as a treasure trove of timbres and textures for today’s composers. Thanks to its specific grain, which gives the intimate its roughness, it speaks the language of our time!

The sounds produce inside us volumes, spaces, distances until constituting a cartography, imaginary and abstract, of time where each moment becomes a long term. Of course, the thing is not to be understood from a descriptive point of view but in its poetic nature.

The global theme of “Topographic Long-Range” is broken down into small modules that follow one another, intertwining, transforming themselves in a circular path, and through this path (which bursts out of a dance, or at least its energy, up to the suspended world of the final trio), to say to oneself at each revolution: this, I had not heard it before; it will never sound like this again.

One could also speak about a slow mutation of interior state, which starts from the mineral and goes to the aqueous substance (in the terminology even, since the first duet is a rock and that the final trio is called “the clepsydra”; but of that, I became aware only afterwards!) Our ear gradually leaves the balance of a temperament (whatever it may be!), loses its gravity, in the physical sense of the term, to float in weightlessness (quarter-tone melodies, glissandi, long unmeasured holds, simultaneity of unsynchronized flows).

This shift, barely perceptible throughout the work, punctuated and nourished by repetitive rhythms, will become blatant, even revealed, in the second duet, reminding us that at the very center of the “geosophiques”, a single viol had sung the beginnings in “médius”.

Then, by the slow flow of the clepsydra, in this slightly sad sweetness (tinged with a small resigned smile), our traces and our gestures will fade on the reverse side of the silences in the dew of tomorrow.

Eric Fischer.

Collection “Maïa : Musique d’Aujourd’hui sur Instruments Anciens” directed by Eric Fischer.

Additional information

Weight 0,244 kg

Digital sheet music for immediate download, Sending of hard copy



20 – 30 mn


Solo, Duo, Trio


Viola da Gamba