quant j’ai ouy le tabourin (ssaa)
In the opening of Quant j’ai ouy le tambourin the choir simulates the sounds of sunrise and the thoughts of a young woman as she desires to return to a deep sleep. Later, the sounds of mourning doves are heard as the other voices portray the conflict in the mind of the sleeper: “Shall I remain complacent and continue to rest?” or “Shall I rise and participate in the Mayday activities?” The rhythmic tambourine incites the other young men and women to a day full of fun and frolic, but the young woman decides not to give in to the power of the tambourine, and she drifts back into a deep sleep as the opening music is heard again.
This piece features aleatoric graphic notation. A recording can be found on CD-06.