Michel Deneuve writes music for the theatre, dance, poetry readings, and films, as well as compositions for solo instruments or ensembles. His interest in contemporary music, his classical training and his own musical preferences which encompass much more than western culture, create a musical richness in his compositions where these various musical influences and trends exist side by side and complement each other in perfect harmony.
Michel and his compositions
Although he has only one goal, the range of his experience is wide, allowing him to compose a large variety of music:
- Music for theatre and films
- Compositions for solo instruments or orchestras
- Music dedicated to the study of the Cristal and to a repertoire for this instrument
“These Cristal studies make use of all the musical forms which I feel justify a didactic contribution resulting in an understanding of what the Cristal is, as well as providing a technical and musical evolution for those who study the instrument.
A musical instrument thrives and grows by being nourished essentially on its own repertoire.Therefore more and more composers must write for Cristal solo.
It also needs to be included as a solo instrument or as accompaniment in ensembles from duets to orchestras.
Today, the Cristal can respond to a wide variety of composers’ needs. Writing for, or with, it will assure its existence throughout time.
Its evolution, its capacities, and the purity of its sound will certainly offer the world works of great beauty”.
“For me, music is first of all an invitation to a journey, to the discovery of new possibilities. It contributes to the accomplishment of your “Being” towards its own harmony. The purity, the feel and the expressiveness of the Cristal offer me the magnificent elements appropriate to this search.”
“LA VOYAGEUSE INFATIGABLE” for Cristal
“ANANTARA” for Cristal
“MAE D’AGUA” for Cristal
Seven pieces on the theme of water, commissioned by Epal in Lisbon; a live CD recording at Mae d’agua, an ancient reservoir for the city of Lisbon (eight seconds’ resonance).
1) Élément eau
2) À fleur d’eau
3) Perles d’eau
4) Magic fountain 5) Dancing Drops
6) Agua temple
7) Mae d’agua
“POINT DE REPAIRE” for Bass
“COMME UNE AUTRE RÉALITÉ” for Cristal
“D’UNE SPHERE A L’AUTRE” for Viola (or electric Viola)
With Olivier Pont’s contemporary string instruments. Created in May 1990 at the international viola congress in Lille and performed in March 1991 at the “Ircam” for Pierre Boulez. Violist Jean-Claude de Waele.
“SOUEN” for Cristal
“PHILOCTETE” for Cello
“LOLIE” for Cristal
“IPOLAIS” for Cristal
“LE DERNIER CRI AVANT L’AUTOMNE” for Cristal
“EMPREINTES DE FIGURES IMPRESSIONNISTES” for Cristal
“RAGA DE LA NUIT” for Cristal
“SOURCE CRISTALLINE” for Cristal and Cello. A study in arpeggios in homage to Maurice Ravel.
“CHEVEUX D’OR” for Cristal and Flute
“MÉMOIRES DE JADE” for Cristal and Violin
“INTIME ERRANCE” for Cristal and Bass (short score)
“LA VALSE DES PROFESSEURS” for Cristal and Bass.
“OUVERTURE DE L’ÉVEIL DU PRINTEMPS” for Cristal and Bass.
“ALBARRACIN” for Cristal and Cello
“16 NOUVELLES D’AILLEURS” for Cristal and Baschet Percussion instruments
“PRAHA 81” for Cristal and Viola
“LE MARCHAND ET LE DEMON for Cristal, Violin and Oboe.
“DAOUD” for Cristal, Soprano voice and Bendir (Percussion)
“L’OR DE BROCÉLIANDE” for Cristal, Bass, Percussion instruments. Composed in August, in the heart of the “Val sans retour”, on the sculptor François Davin’s initiative.
“VAGABOND” for Viola, Bass and Percussion instruments
“CONCERTO POUR UNE MARIONNETTE” for Cristal, Viola and Bass
“WALKING” for 3 percussionists
From Quartet to Octet
“MÉMOIRES DE JADE” for Cristal and string quartet. Version 2
“AINSI PARLE…” for Cristal and choruses.
“IMAGINAIRES D’OUTRE MONDES”. Eight studies for Cristal ensemble
“ANANTARA” for Cristal quartet. Version 3
“ANANTARA” for string and Cristal ensemble. Version 2
“VARIATIONS ET IMPRESSIONS DE LOIRE” for 2 Cristals, Violin and Bass
“ENLIGTHED LOVE” for Cristal, 2 Soprano voices, string ensemble and percussion instruments
“DÉSERT” for Cristal, Soprano and Baritone voices, string quartet and percussion instruments
“DANSE DE DUNES” for Cristal, Soprano voice, Violin, Bass and Percussion instrument (Zarb)
“CORDONS DUNAIRES” for Cristal, Violin, Cello and Bass
“LA TRAVERSÉE” for Cristal, Soprano voice, string quartet and men’s chorus
“7 FIGURES PORCELAINIQUES” for Cristal and string quartet : (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello and Bass)
“HOMMAGES” for Cristal, Violin, Cello and Bass
“ISUA II” for Cristal, Bass, 2 Percussionists and men’s chorus (revived and completed in 1994), 13 scenes composed on Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem: “LA VIE DE MARIE” (13 poems: Mary’s birth to her assumption)
Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra
Music by Petia Prime, transcribed and scored by Michel Deneuve for wind, string and percussion instruments, harp and Cristal.
“ENTRE DEUX RIVES” for Cristal, Violin, Flute, Trumpet and string ensemble.
“UNIS VERS UNIVERS” for Cristal, symphony orchestra, concert symphonic music.
“LE CANTIQUE DE JEANNE” for Cristal, symphony orchestra and men’s chorus. Co-written with Françoise Legrand : music for Carl Drayer’s film “La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc”.
“A L’ORÉE DES MONDES” for chamber orchestra. Symphonic tale.
“INTIME ERRANCE” for Brass ensemble and Bass.
“FRAGMENTS D’UN RÊVE”
(Government commission) for Cristal, Soprano voice, women’s chorus, string instruments and three percussionists.
“LI” for Cristal and string instruments. First concerto for Baschet Cristal created by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christoph Escher.
“DIALOGUE INTERROMPU OU LES MÉMOIRES D’UNE FETE IMPROMPTUE” for Strings, Flute, Percussion instruments and electric Bass. Repetitive music.
“IRANON” for 3 Cristals and mixed chorus.
“GEAI” for Cristal.
From Christian Bobin’s book, played by Bernard Talagas, directed by Aline Still.
“LE MARCHAND ET LE DEMON”
A tale of “A Thousand and One Nights” (nights 1 to 3) for Cristal, Violin and Oboe. Created at “Espace Gérard Philippe” in Fontenay sous Bois. Narrator Stephane Baroux, Violin-player Patrick Mut, Oboist Jean-Michel Penot.
“CHEVEUX D’OR” for Cristal and Flute.
Music for “Le Petit Prince” by Saint Exupéry, directed by Sonia Petrovna.
“MIGUEL MANARA” for Cristal and Percussion instruments.
“Le mystère Don Juan” by O. Milosz, directed by Dominique Lever. First production at the abbey of Nieul sur l’Autise.
“LA NUIT DE MARINA TSÉTAÉVA” for Cristal.
By Valeria Moretti, directed by Michael Lonsdale, created at the theatre of l’Isle Saint Louis in Paris.
“L’ÉVEIL DU PRINTEMPS” for Cristal and Bass.
Directed by Patrice Douchet at the “Theâtre de la Tête Noire” in Orléans.
“KOSMOS” for Cristal.
Directed by Christine Blondel. “Espace Kiron in Paris.
“St JEAN LE FOU DE LUMIÈRE” for Cristal and Ensemble. Directed by Dominique Lever at the “Theâtre du Casino” in Geneva.
“EN CONDUISANT MISS DAISY”
Directed by Gérard Vergez at the “Théâtre Antoine” in Paris.
“ROSES DES SABLES” for Cristal.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Lescot, Paris.
“ES” for Cristal, Viola, Bass.
Directed by Sylvie Baillon. Puppet Theatre in Amiens.
“L’ÉPOPÉE DE GILGAMESH” for Cristal.
Directed by Saadi Barhi. Centre Mandapa, Paris.
“A CORPS CRISTAL”
Choreography by Schpouki-Rools, Morlaix. First regional prize for Artistic Creation. 1993
“LA SOIE DES LIMBES”
Choreography by James Razafimanantsoa. Théâtre de la Danse, Paris.
“COURBE, LUMIERE, COURBE”
Choreography by Martine Salmon. Music co-written with Françoise Legrand, Tours.
Choreography by Nancy Allison. Open Eye Theatre, New York.
Choreography by Mic Guillaume, Paris.
“INDE DU SUD”
Choreography by Ménaka de Mahodaya.
“ISUA II” for Narrator, Cristal, Bass and 2 Percussionists. Music composed for Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “La vie de Marie”. 13 poetical and musical tableaux.
And many other productions and improvisations for Cristal on poems of Antonin Artaud, Rainer Maria Rilke, Armand Robin, Victor Ségalen, Jean Cocteau…
“LA SAISON DES ORPHELINS”
Film directed by David Tardé for Cristal, chorus and symphony orchestra.
Short subject by David Tardé for Cristal, Violin and Percussion instruments. Winner of the best film music award at the Alès Film Festival.
“AINSI PARLE” for Cristal and chorus. Theme music for the series of Christian Devineau’s reports on scientists’ and philosophers’ thoughts about today’s world.
A documentary by Olivier Horn “The mummies of Taklamatan” for Cristal, Soprano voice, Chorus, Strings, Percussion instruments.
Film written and directed by Jacques Barsac for Bernard Rapp’s television series, “Un siècle d’Ecrivains”.
“L’HEURE DE LA PISCINE”
Film written and directed by Valérie Vinclaire for “Canal + “.
“LA VOIE BLANCHE”
Short subject written and directed by Valérie Wielinski.
“LA NUIT DES ETOILES FILANTES”
Programme written and directed by Jean Casenave for “France 2”.
“CONCERTO POUR N’DARA”
Short subject written and directed by Georges Courrèges in a Senoufo village in the Ivory Coast.
Film written and directed by Georges Courrèges with “Le Théâtre du Mouvement” (in collaboration with the French Cultural Centre in Abidjan).
“LES FONTAINIERS DE MADRID”
Written and directed by Olivier Horn, about one of François Baschet’s experiments in Madrid.
Making and exhibition of Sound Sculptures with Madrid’s training colleges and young unemployed people.
Film written and directed by Jean-Jacques Aslagnan.
“ETHIQUE ET MUTATIONS”
Short subject written and directed by Christian Devineau.
“PROMENADE AU JARDIN DES VERTIGES”
Short subject written and directed by Daniel Darbois.
Short subject directed by the CNDP (National Centre of Educational Information).
“LE TÉLÉPHONE DE L’ANGOISSE”
Short subject directed by the CNDP.
“PROMENADE A RAMBOUILLET”
Short subject directed by the CNDP.
Short subject directed by by the CNDP.
“CAMARGUE GRANDEUR NATURE”
Film written and directed by Philippe Barbeau for the SNPN (National Society for the Conservation of the Environment).
“SCULPTURES SONORES BASCHET”
Film written and directed by Jacques Barsac on François and Bernard Baschet’s Sound Sculptures.
“PIERRE PAUL GRASSET”
Film written and directed by Jean-Dominique de la Rochefoucault.
Film written and directed by Maryse Ebelly.