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Pierre Boulez: Improvisation III "À la nue accablante tu"

  • No. 4 from "Pli selon pli" (Portrait de Mallarmé) (1959/1983)
  • for soprano and orchestra
  • 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0 - perc(7), hp(3), cel, mand, guit, vc(5), cb(3)
  • Duration: 19’
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute (+picc)
    3rd flute (+picc)
    alto flute (+picc)
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    3rd percussion
    4th percussion
    5th percussion
    6th percussion
    7th percussion
    1st harp
    2nd harp
    3rd harp
    1st violoncello
    2nd violoncello
    3rd violoncello
    4th violoncello
    5th violoncello
    1st contrabass
    2nd contrabass
    3rd contrabass
  • Composer: Pierre Boulez
  • Text author: Stéphane Mallarmé
  • Remarks: This work can also be performed separately. Pierre Boulez revised this work and this revised version was premiered on Feb 23, 1984 in London, with Phyllis Bryn-Julson and the BBC SO. This is the only valid version of this work. Boulez recorded it in Paris in 2001 with Christine Schäfer.


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World première

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

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