The instrumentation of two vibraphones was chosen as an ideal way of treating attack, resonance and the cessation of sound in detail. As much emphasis is placed on the precise way each sound ends as the way it begins. In a larger sense, this mode of listening is present in the overall discourse of the piece. The gestures and figures of Stopping are all strongly inclined to their own dissolution; yet, a strategy for the continuation of the piece is always present. Stopping contains sudden proliferations of seemingly alien material, which are just as likely to disappear as to dominate. This tension between continuation and cessation forms the crux of the piece.

Samuel Andreyev CA/FR


Samuel Andreyev was born in Kincardine (Ontario), Canada, in 1981. He is currently studying composition with Frédéric Durieux at the Paris Conservatoire and oboe with Didier Pateau. From 2004 to 2006 he studied composition with Allain Gaussin and analysis with Vincent Decleire at the Conservatoire de Sevran. His music has been performed throughout Europe and North America by ensembles such as Les Percussions de Strasbourg, L'Orchestre de l'Opéra de Massy, L'Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, Multilaterale, Linea and others, and by soloists such as Peter Stoll, Thomas Piercy and Christopher Redgate. His work has been featured in major festivals such as Musica Strasbourg and Archipel (Geneva). In 2006 he was selected to participate in the composition course "Voix Nouvelles" at Royaumont, where he studied with Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Jarrell and Francois Paris.

Samuel Andreyev