CHOPIN DESSÉCHÉ - étude d'un prélude I
for piano solo
dedicated to Olivier Senn
The twelve works in the Études d'un prélude series are all based on micromeasurements of timing and volume of Martha Argerich's recording of Chopin’s Prelude op. 28/4 in E minor, recorded in Munich on 22-25 October 1975 and released by Deutsche Grammophon as DG 2530 731, reissued as DG 415 836-2. The duration of Argerich’s original recording is 1'51".
Chopin desséché — Étude d’un prélude I leaves its source somewhat intact: all of Chopin’s pitches are preserved, and placed in accordance with Argerich’s original timing and dynamics. The ‘dessication’ results from the removal of all resonance; for each sound event, only the initial attack is preserved. The time-axis of the source is expanded to 7 minutes. The title is a play on Satie’s 1913 work Embryons desséchés.