Cristóbal Halffter: Palimsesto – 1956/2004

Cristóbal Halffter Palimsesto – 1956/2004
Palimsesto – 1956/2004

Cristóbal Halffter: Palimsesto – 1956/2004

Year of composition:
Scored for:
for timpani and orchestra
Cristóbal Halffter
3 2 3 2 - 4 3 3 1, vln.I(14), vln.II(12), vla(10), vc(8), cb(6)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in Bb (+picc.tpt in B)
2nd trumpet in Bb
3rd trumpet in Bb
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
1st-3rd violin I(6)
4th-5th violin I(4)
6th-7th violin I(4)
1st-2nd violin II(4)
3rd-4th violin II(4)
5th-6th violin II(4)
1st-3rd viola(6)
4th-5th viola(4)
1st-2nd violoncello(4)
3rd-4th violoncello(4)
1st-3rd contrabass(6)
Kompositionsautrag der Dresdner Philharmonie
Yves Olivier von Winterstein gewidmet
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Palimsesto – 1956/2004

Work introduction

Palimsesto means to write or paint something anew on a page or a canvas on which something has already existed. … I used this process on a piece which I had composed back in 1956. Of this score, I left only the formal structure intact. Over it I laid sound surfaces of various dynamic densities, resulting from my experience during the nearly 50 years spent composing since then. Hence, Palimsesto is a "new" score in which the "old" elements can still be heard, depending on where we focus our eyes or our ears.

Cristóbal Halffter (October 2004)

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Palimsesto – 1956/2004

Cristóbal Halffter: Palimsesto – 1956/2004

study score
for timpani and orchestra
Instr.: 3 2 3 2 - 4 3 3 1, vln.I(14), vln.II(12), vla(10), vc(8), cb(6)

World première

Kulturpalast am Altmarkt, Dresden (DE)
Dresdner Philharmonie
Pedro Halffter Caro
Main soloists:
Alexander Peter, Pauken

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