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Bolens Nicolas

(01. 10. 1963)

Bolens Nicolas
Bolens Nicolas
6, rue de Vermont
CH-1202 Genève
Suisse

Tel: +41 (0)22 733 30 82
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Internet: www.nicolasbolens.com/

Biography
Nicolas Bolens was born in Geneva and began his musical education with the composer and pianist Arié Dzierlatka. Despite his deep interest in sciences, he decided as a young man to continue his artistic studies at the academy of music where he graduated with a piano diploma and a composition award with special mention from the class of Jean Balissat. He profited from the guidance of Eric Gaudibert, Rudolph Kelterborn, Klaus Huber, Edison Denissov and many more.
In 1990 his work 'Impact' for strings, percussion and piano was premiered by the Ensemble Contemporain du Conservatoire de Genève. In 1993 he was a prize winner in the Concours pour Jeunes Compositeurs organised by the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne; he also received awards from several foundations (Leenaards, Banque Cantonale Neuchâteloise ...) and accepted numerous commissions from the Trio Grumiaux, the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain/ NEC, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and others.
His more recent studies took him into the field of musical information technologies and digital technology under the tutelage of Eric Daubresse, musical assistant at the IRCAM. These technologies have been reflected in in his works since 2004. Parallel to his work as a composer, Nicolas Bolens taught piano and improvisation at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze and composition at the conservatory of Geneva (in collaboration with Eric Gaudibert). Nicolas Bolens currently teaches counterpoint, composition and 20th century writing at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva.
He was the president of the Swiss Association of Musicians from 2004 to 2007 .


Work list
Musique pour Orchestre de Chambre (1992)
(2(pic).2(ca).2(bcl).2/2.2.0.0/pf/8.6.4.4.3)
A single-movement work in which the extensively divided strings create a mass effect.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Instants - Silences (1992)
for two pianos
This piece makes good use of silence and rests as well as resonance enhanced by use of the third pedal. The notation is partly aleatoric, partly metric. The playing techniques are traditional.
Duration: 5' 00"
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Jeux d'Ombres (1993)
for violin, viola, violoncello and piano
A single-movement work, originally belonging to a triptych for piano quartet titled '3 Essays'. With the exception of one passage where the piano part is independent of the strings, the notation and playing techniques are traditional.
Duration: 6' 00"
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10 Microcosmes (1994)
for violin, viola, violoncello and piano
A suite consisting of ten extremely short pieces. The traditional writing utilises various organ points to signal expectation. Frequent bar changes. Traditional playing techniques.
Duration: 10' 00"
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Trois Tableaux (1994)
for violin, violoncello and piano
Each of the three acts presents a different combination of the three instruments. The first act is metrically notated and is to be played in very strict time. In the second, the string parts are metrically independent of the piano. In the third, all instruments play independently of each other; metrically notated, the violin acts as leader, and the others follow. Traditional playing techniques and occasional use of quarter-tones.
Duration: 16' 00"
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Sur quelques Mots de Rainer Maria Rilke (1995)
for string quartet
This string quartet is based around five pieces, each taking a verse from one of Rilke's 'Orpheus Sonnets': 'Animal from the stillness...', 'And slept inside me', 'Forlorn she therefore speaks...', 'The sleep of the world...', and 'But for the air, but for the heavens...'. The first piece uses almost exclusively the lowest open strings of each instrument. The last piece is played extremely slowly. Traditional notation and playing techniques.
Duration: 20' 00"
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"... Et derrière moi marchent les étoiles." (1996)
for violin and symphony orchestra (3(2 pic).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/4.3.3.1/3perc/hp.pf/10.8.6.5.4)
A work in three movements, written for the Tibor Varga Competition in 1996. Notation is traditional. The soloist's part contains a few cadenzas, which are written without bar lines.
Duration: 20' 00"
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Variations (1996)
for four-handed piano
Here, all six variations are based on an original theme. In traditional notation and relatively easy to perform.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Quatro Sonetos de Amor (1996/09)
for vocals (soprano) and piano
Texts: Pablo Neruda
Duration: 15' 00"
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Trois Chants (1996)
for soprano solo
To the poems of Adonis.
Duration: 8' 00"
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Il Croco (1997)
for vocals (B) piano and violoncello
Texts: Giovanni Pascoli
Duration: 5' 00"
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6 Airs de circonstance (1997)
for voice (baritone or mezzo-soprano) and piano
Texts: Stéphane Mallarmé
Duration: 5' 00"
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Hommage à L.v.B. (1997)
for string quintet or string orchestra
‘Hommage à L.v.B.’ is a didactical work based on the final part of Beethoven’s third symphony. It is aimed at conductors who wish to make technical progress and master most of the difficulties inherent in a performance of the classical work.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Once Asleep (1997)
for choir, soloists (Soprano, Baritone) and orchestra (0.0.2.2/0.2.0.0/str)
Texts: William Shakespeare
Based the sonnet 154 by William Shakespeare.
Duration: 8' 00"
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D'un Rêve II (1997/09)
for guitar
Duration: 8' 00"
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En mi Cielo (1998)
for tenor and guitar
Texts: Pablo Neruda
Duration: 4' 00"
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Suite pour Neuf Instruments (1999)
for wind quintet and string quartet
Duration: 11' 00"
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D'eau et de bois (2000)
for marimba and string orchestra
Duration: 7' 00"
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A Due (2000)
for oboe, clarinet, violin and double bass
Composition by Eric Gaudibert / Nicolas Bolens.
This work is written by two hands, by two different composers who experimented in equally sharing the single instruments: the oboe and double-bass on the one hand side and the violin and the clarinet on the other.
The precisely written violin is the conducting element and the three other instruments are grouped accurately around it. A description of the tempi allows easy playing. This piece has a medium level of difficulty.
Duration: 7' 30"
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Terres (2000)
7 Pictures
for choir, piano and percussion
Traditional Spanish texts.
Duration: 50' 00"
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La Rosa Enflorece (2000/09)
for three female voices (or female choir) and piano
After a Sephardi song. Extracted from "Terres".
Duration: 5' 00"
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Entre Rêve et... (2001)
for violin solo
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
D'un Rêve (2001)
for violin solo
Duration: 8' 00"
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Une nuit, un beau matin (2001)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Texts: Robert Rudin
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
... Wie dein Atem (2002)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke
To a sonnet with the title "Sonette an Orpheus".
Duration: 7' 00"
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La Vigie (2002)
Musical theatre
for baritone, piano, percussion, violin and double-bass
Texts: Pierre-André Gamba
Duration: 29' 00"
Manuscript
Entre Deux (2003)
for string sextet
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Cinq Divagations (2003)
for saxophone, trombone, accordion, piano and percussion
Duration: 8' 00"
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Des deux Côtés du Temps (2004)
for string quartet and piano
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Sept Manières (pour aborder le labyrinthe) (2005)
for two Baroque violins, bass viola and harpsichord
Commissioned by the ensemble Les Nièces de Rameau.
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
De Sept Manières (d'aborder le Labyrinthe) (2005)
Suite
for 2 Baroque violins, bass viola and harpsichord
Duration: 9' 00"
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Poèmes et quelques pièces de Roland de Lassus (2006)
for vocal quartet
Texts: Henri Michaux, Paul Eluard, Catherine Fuchs
Commissioned by the vocal ensemble Canticum.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Plaines sur neuf Haïkus de Bashô (2006)
for female choir, children's choir and flute
Commissioned by the vocal ensemble Polhymnia.
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Quatuor à cordes n°2 "Tempus Fugit" (2006)
Commissioned by the Concours de Genève.
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T(h)ree Winds (2006)
for three saxophones
Commissioned by Laurent Estoppey.
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Poèmes (2006)
for four solo voices (SMezTB)
Texts: Henri Michaux, Paul Eluard, Catherine Fuchs
Composition integrating some profane pieces by Orlande de Lassus.
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Ou le mystère précipité hurlé (2007)
for 8 solo voices (2S2A2T2B)
After "Un coup de Dés…" by Stéphane Mallarmé.
Duration: 18' 00"
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Con le dolci Stille (2007)
for mixed a-cappella choir (SATB)
Texts: Dante Alighieri
To an extract from the Divine Comedy.
Duration: 9' 00"
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oh clara y luciente! (2007)
for soprano, piccolo, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and violoncello
Texts: Miguel de Cervantes
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Cercle (2009)
for six female voices (2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 2 altos) and percussion instruments (6 Chinese blocks played by the singers, 7 terracotta bells or high-sounding gongs (one player))
Words deriving from the spoken language of the Lisu, a Tibetan-Burmese population.
Duration: 7' 00"
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Drommi Vida'e Coro (2009)
for soprano and harp
Popular text taken from a Sardinian lullaby.
Duration: 6' 00"
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SOLI (2009)
for alto solo and string orchestra
Duration: 18' 00"
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Winds Inland (2010)
for multi-percussion and real-time electronics
Percussion: 3 wood blocks, 5 temple blocks, 2 log drums, 2 bongos, 4 toms, 1 bass drum, 5 suspended cymbals / 1 performer
Electronics: A series of numbered events determine the modifications of the electronic processing. The events can be activated by the percussionist (via pedal or midi) or by a sound technician.
Equipment: 7 wireless micros, 8 loudspeakers arranged throughout the audience, 1 macintosh computer with Max MSP 5 software installed, 1 sound card with 8 line-in and 8 line-out.
Duration: 11' 00"
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Escapes (2012)
for ensemble (ob, cl, sx, 3 perc, 3vn)
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Diskographie
Bibliography
Couturier, André: A la limite du silence. Entretien avec Nicolas Bolens, in: Dissonance 106 (2009), S. 40-43 [Internet]