by Thierry Pécou
An experience for all senses in commemoration of the slave trade



The sombre beauty of Outre-mémoire comes as much from allusions to afro-Cuban as from the distanced narration of the composer. Pécou invents his own rite, as powerful by its organic violence as by the melodic bitterness which infuses his work.

Diapason, 2004

In this great work often compared to the Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Thierry Pécou leads us once again into an overwhelming musical experience that invokes a state of meditative contemplation. A pause for memory, a ceremony of a quiet contemplation, a suspension of the mind which lends itself to feeling and reflection, such would be the meaning of this piece where the piano part is conceived as a centre of gravity surrounded by satellites, the flute, the clarinet and the cello.
This score (1:15 minutes) was first performed by Alexandre Tharaud in 2004 in collaboration with installation artist Jean-François Boclé.

Throughout Outre-mémoire, I wanted the inconceivable to resonate, but in the greatest concentration, without effects or drama, as a silent tocsin.

Thierry Pécou


Thierry Pécou

Outre-mémoire for piano, flute, clarinet and cello

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Ensemble Variances

Anne Cartel flute
Carjez Gerretsen clarinet
David Louwerse cello
Thierry Pécou piano


Outre-Mémoire, Thierry Pécou, label æon, distribution Harmonia Mundi, 2004

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The Ensemble Variances receive support from Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Drac Normandie, Région Normandie, Spedidam, Sacem, Ville de Rouen, Odia Normandie, Onda. The Ensemble Variances is member of Fevis, Futurs Composés, Bureau Export and Profedim. It is member of Groupement d'Employeurs Solstice, supported by Région Normandie.