Spotted: Christine Ott – Lunes Orientales

Spotted: Christine Ott – Lunes Orientales

Today I’m presenting you with the track Lunes Orientales by the French composer and piano player Christine Ott. Christine is best known for making music on Ondes Martenot, one of the first electronic musical instruments.

When I was little, my secret garden would open up at night, once my parents were asleep, and I’d let my thoughts, my imagination and my emotions escape. Sitting at the piano, my fingertips would sketch out what I was incapable of expressing. To put into words.

The track Lunes Orientales was released on the album Éclats (Piano Works) which came out on the 3rd of November, 2023.

Tell us something about your track Lunes Orientales!
“Lunes Orientales” is a fairly old composition that took several forms. I originally thought of it as a piece for two Ondes Martenot. A version that we premiered in concert at the Eglise de la Trinité in Paris with Monique Pierrot, a long long time ago… I have a copy of this recording on a K7 somewhere… This recording alone at the piano is much more recent, but the structure of the composition remains the same. Of course, in the Ondes version, there’s an extra etheric dimension, an extra spectral glow. But you can still feel it in the composition itself. It’s a piece that’s very precious to me. I imagine I’ll be publishing the version for two Ondes Martenot soon…

Thank you very much for this Christine!