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Pierre Boulez: Improvisation I "Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujourd'hui"

  • No. 2 from "Pli selon pli" (Portrait de Mallarmé) (1957/1962)
  • for soprano and orchestra
  • 2 0 2 0 - 4 0 0 0 - perc(8), hp(3), cel, alto sax(2), mand, guit, vla(8), cb(6)
  • Duration: 6’
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute (+picc)
    2nd flute (+picc)
    1st clarinet in Eb (+cl(A))
    2nd clarinet in Eb (+cl(A))
    1st alto saxophone in Eb
    2nd alto saxophone in Eb
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    3rd percussion
    4th percussion
    5th percussion
    6th percussion
    7th percussion
    8th percussion
    1st harp
    2nd harp
    3rd harp
    1st viola
    2nd viola
    3rd viola
    4th viola
    5th viola
    6th viola
    7th viola
    8th viola
    1st contrabass
    2nd contrabass
    3rd contrabass
    4th contrabass
    5th contrabass
    6th contrabass
  • Composer: Pierre Boulez
  • Text author: Stéphane Mallarmé
  • Remarks: This version is intended to be performed within the cycle "Pli selon pli". In case of performances of "Improvisation I" separately or in combination with "Improvisation II" the version with chamber setting shall be played (see "original version").

World première

Donaueschingen (DE)
SWF-SO Baden-Baden
Pierre Boulez
Main soloists:
Eva Maria Rogner

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