— Aganče Boži (Agnus Dei) • men's choir (klapa) (1m30s)
— Pater Noster • tenor and string quartet (6 min)
— Toute la joie de la moavite rachetée • player piano (5 min)
Originally intended for player piano, but a couple of pianists gave live performances of the piece.
— Ichtus • violon et piano (11 min)
— Spe Salvi • gamelan and string quartet (8 min)
Spe Salvi's melody is based upon the Gregorian chant « Victimae paschali laudes ».
— Les petites créatures • flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussions and barrel organ (9 min)
When I started this piece, I came across a very profound citation from Saint Thérèse de Lisieux's writings: « They say that all souls are tempted by the devil at the hour of death, so I will have to go through that. Yet no, I'm too small. With the very small, he can't.»*
I was astonished by how clearly Saint Thérèse expresses the invincible character of smallness. Smallness is incorruptible, not as an attribute but within its own nature (smallness is nothing, so there is nothing to gain from it). That's why it's often laughable.
I remembered many times this citation during the composition of this work. As a kind of probation: let's put together some "little musical beings" and make sure their grandeur is their simplicity. I was lucky the commission from Continuum featured a barrel organ: smallness is unavoidable with such an instrument...
* The original French text from Saint Thérèse's Carnet Jaune 818 (8 août, §5): « Puisqu'on dit que toutes les âmes sont tentées par le démon au moment de la mort, il faudra que j'y passe. Mais pourtant non, je suis trop petite. Avec les tout petits, il ne peut pas... »
— Sancta Parens • two saxophones and cello (5 min)
— Ritournelle • orchestra (10 min)