Un Drame Musical Instantane always proposes programmatic pieces standing on the threshold of improvisation and dramatic musical plays. Jeune Fille Qui Tombe...Tombe ("Young Girl Falling...Falling") moves a few steps closer to drama by adding to the core trio of Jean-Jacques Birgé (synths and flute), Francis Gorgé (guitar, synths, and computer), and Bernard Vitet (piano and trumpet) to the actor Daniel Laloux. His recitation of Dino Buzzatti's short story by the same title provides the backbone of the 46-minute piece. At the beginning of the story, the main character, Martha, stands on the roof of a tall building, looking down and ready to jump. Her long fall will give her the occasion to revise the lives of the people behind the windows passing in front of her eyes (upon hitting the ground, she has become an old woman). Laloux's theatrical reading is embedded in the music, his voice becoming another instrument rather than dictating a series of accompanying moods -- musical drama maybe, but not blatantly illustrative. The music is structured but leaves a lot of room to free improvisation. Highly atonal, it feasts on the contrast of acoustic and electronic sounds. At times it feels a bit too disjointed or fragmented, although that framework answers Buzatti's surreal text. A good example of what Un Drame Musical Instantane can do, Jeune Fille Qui Tombe...Tombe must be put in parallel with Le K -- both pieces were premiered in October 1990 at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville.
AllMusic Review by François Couture