Guillaume Connesson: Pour sortir au jour Flute and piano (Reduction)
Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Radio France.
Premiered on March, 5. 2014 at Chicago (U.S.A.), by Mathieu DUFOUR (flute) and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles DUTOIT.
French pemiere on December 10. 2015 by Mathieu DUFOUR (flute) and l’Orchestre National de France, conducted by Ch. Eschenbach.
Pour sortir au jour (Going Forth by Day) is the original name of The Egyptian Book of the Dead. Those papyrus scrolls were placed near the mummy in order to help it achieve its journey to the hereafter and attain the light of Osiris. This book consisted of a series of prayers, magic formula's for opening doors, invocations and fabulous tales in service of the deceased. For in order to live this second birth and see the brightness of the Justified, a series of trials awaited the dead person. It is this spiritual journey that my Concerto evokes: a journey from shadow and light to the land of Amenti, the paradise of the ancient Egyptians.