Pascale Criton (1954) began her career as a clarinetist, but concentrated
quickly on composition. After lessons with Claude Laloum (by whom she also
studied ethnomusicology), Michel Puig, Gérard Grisey and Jean-Etienne Marie and
courses at the CLFM in Nice and in Darmstadt, she went to study digital synthesis techniques at IRCAM.
From Wyschnegradsky she obtained her fascination with the ideal of the 'continuum
sonore' in which all conceivable pitches are present.
Since 1982 she is devoted to composing with various microtonal systems, especially for
instruments with special tunings, like Julián Carrillo's 1/16-tone piano.
"I wrote La Ritournelle et le Galop as homage to the great French philosopher
Gilles Deleuze, who died in 1995. In one of his best publications he developed the
concept of the 'ritournelle' (constantly recurring melody) and the 'deterritorialisation'.
In my composition 'la ritournelle' - a melodic line consisting of harmonic overtones -
et 'le galop' - a powerful and rhythmic instrumental playing -
is being guided along the line of deterritorialisation.