Phoenix XXI

Francis Dhomont

Phoenix XXI has been performed in Birmingham, Cluj-Napoca, Cologne, Lisbon, London, Matera, Monaco, Montpellier, Montréal, Paris, Prague, Rethymno, Rome, Saint Petersburg, San Francisco and Vienna…

To Inés Wickmann

What is this musical Phoenix, an archetypical symbol of renewal and continuity?

Surely a trace / confirmation of the vitality of acousmatics in the early 21st century. Although for me, it also represents a new life for deserted sonic ashes, very old source recordings and reanimated but disguised excerpts from instrumental works. It could be seen as an eternal recurrence, the present — so much present nowadays — being nothing more than the past of the future.

[English translation: François Couture, ix-20]

Phoenix XXI, a piece in three linked movements, was realized in 2016 at the composer’s studio in Avignon (France) and premiered on October 8, 2016 at Auditorium Saint-Germain of the MPAA (Paris, France) as part of the Multiphonies series presented by the Ina-GRM. The work was awarded an honourable mention at the international electroacoustic music competition Musica Nova 2016 (Prague, Czech Republic), and was selected by the French Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) for the 2018 World New Music Days in Beijing.


  • October 8, 2016, Multiphonies 2016-17: Akousma: Concert de créations, Auditorium Saint-Germain — MPAA, Paris (France)



Phoenix XXI (2016, 20), 14:59
stereo fixed medium



Date Work Program
November 21, 2016 Francis Dhomont, Phoenix XXI (2016, 20), 14:59 Tapage nocturne / France Musique (France)
January 20, 2021 Francis Dhomont, Phoenix XXI (2016, 20), 14:59 [3m56s] Zeit-Ton: Rückblick, Vorschau und aktuelle Veröffentlichungen / ÖRF Radio Österreich 1 (Austria)
February 12, 2021 Francis Dhomont, Phoenix XXI (2016, 20), 14:59 Radio Gagarin / FSK Radio (Germany)
April 12, 2021 Francis Dhomont, Phoenix XXI (2016, 20), 14:59 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)