Pierre Boulez: Dérive 1

Pierre Boulez Dérive 1
Dérive 1

Pierre Boulez: Dérive 1

Year of composition:
1984
Scored for:
for 6 instruments
Composer:
Pierre Boulez
Instrumentation:
fl, cl(A), vib, pno, vln, vc
Instrumentation details:
flute
clarinet in A
violin
violoncello
vibraphone
piano
Table of contents:
Dérive 1 pour six instruments
Duration:
7–8'
Dedication:
pour William Glock 8 juin 1984, Bath
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Work introduction

Dérive translates roughly as “derivative”; the piece is derived from the two compositions Répons (1981) and Messagesquisse (1976/77). The “derivative” is also a sequence of variations “on the name Sacher”. Six chords build a circular rotation, which mimic the structure of the piece, but also soften it.

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Next performances

18 May

Dérive 1

Le Théâtre, Caen (FR)

World première

Location:
London
Date:
31.01.1985
Orchestra:
London Sinfonietta
Conductor:
Oliver Knussen

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