Exercices de style for SATB chorus, violin or soprano solo, and piano

Based on the text by Raymond Queneau. Used with permission

2008, 8 minutes

Commissioned by the Orfeo Duo

Dans l'S a une heure d'affluence

  • Notations
  • Vers Libres
  • Inattendue

Queneau’s book/collection of poems/text/whatever-you-want-to-call-it attracted me because of its relative meaninglessness. I’ve always had a hard time connecting words and music, so the "Exercices" offered me the perfect opportunity to work with voice while allowing the words to be secondary in importance. I let the music conduct itself; despite the mundane tale told, the music is quite dramatic.


If you are interested in a score and parts for Les exercices, please contact Nissim.


  • Premiered February 21, 2008 by the Orfeo Duo and their Neighborhood Composers Chorus at Ascension Chruch, New York, NY.
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