Francisco López

Belle Confusion 969

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Belle Confusion 969 is the first in a series of pieces with the same name that Lopez has presented since 1996. Composed for the Trente Oiseaux alpine tour that year, the composition is presented here not only in its studio version, but with an excerpt from a live version as well. The piece can be described as a long, quietly undulating drone, with reverberating low rumbles that give the sonic landscape a feeling of being in a large, open area. It gradually builds to medium volume, and fades out just as gradually. About halfway through, there are some pitched musical elements, almost like single notes played on a piano, but otherwise discrete musical events are few and far between. The live version is a different story, impressively loud from start to finish, with the amplification providing the listener with an opportunity to hear the details of the composition. The single notes are present in the live version as well, providing the listener with bearings for relation to the studio version, but instead of the long decrescendo, the music suddenly stops, reverberating through the hall to enthusiastic applause.

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