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LACONISME DE L'AILLE appeare in 1982. Kaija Saariaho had then moved to Paris, where she had become familiar with the use of the computes in music making. LACONISME DE L'AILLE although composed at the same time as the tape work VERS LE BLANC prepared at the IRCAM studio, is nevertheless a purely handwritten work. The work begins with a text recited by the flautist, before gradually going over the sounds of the flute. It realises an idea, already conceived in SAH DEN VOGELN, of a scale formed by tonal colours, one end of which is very brilliant and pure, whilst the other has a corse, harsh sound. This idea has been carried even further in later works: by regulating the timbre, the tone of the sound, Saariaho tries to create tensions within and between the different musical forms. In LACONISME DE L'AILLE this procedure has been used to create highly coloured and plurivalent lines.