Pierre Boulez: Tombeau

Pierre Boulez Tombeau
Tombeau

Pierre Boulez: Tombeau

Year of composition:
1959-1962
Subtitle:
No. 5 from "Pli selon pli" (Portrait de Mallarmé)
Scored for:
for soprano and orchestra
Composer:
Pierre Boulez
Editor:
Robert Piencikowski
Text author:
Stéphane Mallarmé
Soloists:
soprano
Instrumentation:
2 1 3 1 - 1 2 3 0 - perc(7), hp(2), cel, pno, guit, vln(4), va(4), vc(2), cb(2)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute
cor anglais
clarinet in Eb
clarinet in A
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon
horn in F
trumpet in D
trumpet in C
tenor trombone
bass trombone
contrabass trombone
1st harp
2nd harp
celesta
piano
guitar
vibraphone
tubular bells
1st plate bells
2nd plate bells
1st xylophone
2nd xylophone
bass drum (+vib, timbales)
gongs (+t-tamam, plate bell)
1st violin
2nd violin
3rd violin
4th violin
1st viola
2nd viola
3rd viola
4th viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
1st contrabass
2nd contrabass
Table of contents:
Avant-propos / Preface
Introduction
Biography / Discography / Illustrations
Facsimile: Score A (Pencil Manuscript)
Facsimile: Score B (Manuscript in Polychrome Indian Ink)
Facsimile: Score C (First Recasting - Transcription in Black In (extract)
Facsimile: Score D (Second Recasting - Collage/Montage Derived from the Photocopy of the First Recasting (extract)
Remarks:
This work can also be performed separately.
Duration:
15’
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Tombeau
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Work introduction

 

Unlike the world première of Marteau sans maître (1952-55), that of Tombeau for orchestra (1959), which took place in Donaueschingen on 17 October 1959, passed almost unnoticed – outshone by Pierre Boulez's unexpected triumph as a conductor when he stepped in to replace Hans Rosbaud at the head of the Südwestfunk-Sinfonieorchester.

Originally conceived as an individual tribute to Prince Max Egon zu Fürstenberg, who died suddenly in spring 1959, the work was ultimately included in the Pli selon pli cycle (1957-62, 1983, 1990).

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Next performances

31 Aug

Tombeau

Suntory Hall, Tokyo (JP)

World première

Location:
Donaueschingen
Date:
17.10.1959
Orchestra:
SWF-Sinfonieorchester

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