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Jean-Jacques Pagès

Trois octobasses pour l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Québec)

Trois octobasses pour l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Québec)

To satisfy a triple commission from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Jacques Pagès reconstructed and modernized a legendary instrument created by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in 1851: the octobass. The lowest-pitched bowed instrument. Due to its imposing size and unsuitable mechanics, this octobass had been silent for over a century. It has since regained its place in the orchestra.

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Jean-Jacques Pagès

Lauréat de la récompense Talents d’exception du Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'Intelligence de la Main® 2000

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Manufacturing process

To bring this enormous instrument to life, Jean-Jacques Pagès enlisted the help of a pendulum maker and an electronics engineer to develop a digital electronic system, giving the musician great ease of play and harmonic fluidity.


hauteur : 3m60

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