Alexandre Desplat: Airlines, for solo flute (Emmanuel Pahud)
Emmanuel Pahud performs "Airlines", a work for solo flute composed by Alexandre Desplat. Excerpt from the concert recorded live on 6 December 2018 at the Radio France Auditorium.
A title with a double meaning, Airlines brings to mind as much the travels of the "globetrotter flautist" Emmanuel Pahud (to whom the work is dedicated), as it does the melodic and rhythmic lines painted by the breath of the performer. Sometimes short, sometimes long, the line varies in speed, alternating between chromatic inflections with crescendo and decrescendo effects over held notes, and sliding effects with an increasingly large and fast vibrato. As the curves continue to bend, a D flat is accentued in the higher range. The development and gradual deformation of the motifs are bewitching, and after several sudden chromatic rising motifs arrives a culminating point where a breath must be made regularly, pianissimo in the high range, senza vibrato, naked and "for as long as possible". While composing the soundtrack for the film Argo, Alexandre Desplat went along on a trip to the airport: this time, the flight took off and it was in the air that everything happened, with all the imaginable disruptions that can happen in-flight.