Micro Météo is a song cycle (in French) based on a series of short weather-themed poems written and set to music by composer Maxime Goulet. Most of the poems were written in 2003. The music (along with several additional poems) was composed in the spring of 2020, during the first confinement period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The complete or partial cycle can be performed in concert. The singer can perform the cycle in the sequence established by the composer. The singer is also free to choose which songs he wishes to perform and in what order to program them. For example, he can choose only the songs related to a particular season, or those related to a particular phenomenon (e.g. all those related to rain). Or create an evolution of meteorological phenomena (e.g. Chance of Rain, Precipitation, Thunderstorm, Rainbow, Clear Sky, Sun).
Digital images incorporating the poems (from the videos below) are provided with the scores of Micro Météo. Thus, it is possible to project these images on screen during the performance. These can then be used as surtitles.
Instrumentation: Tenor and piano
Duration: 13 min.
Premiere: The recording of Micro météo took place in the spring of 2020, during the first confinement period due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by tenor Jean-Michel Richer and pianist Christian Girard. The illustrations are by Emilie Goulet.
Acknowledgment: Thank you to Eric Jones Cadieux for the revision of all the piano parts. Funding for the videos published during the month of August 2020 was made possible thanks to the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
“Micro Météo combines the finesse of poetry with the power of the operatic voice, over the ebb and flow of the piano, in 30 tiny seconds […] Dynamic, effective clips.”
– Le Devoir, Caroline Monpetit
“Miniature operatic poems that demonstrate originality.”
– Radio-Canada, Eugénie Lépine-Blondeau
“Micro Météo showcases the poetry of daily life while allowing us to see the beauty through our windows.”
– Sors-tu, Jean-François Roy
– Le Journal de Montréal, Léa Papineau Robichaud
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