Antiphons and Elegies (1986, rev. 1987) 12'

Music for Double Chamber Orchestra

Orchestration: fl, ob, cl, bsn, 2 hns, tpt, tbn, 2 perc, harp, pno, 2 vn, va, vc, db.

Commissioned by: the City of Geneva

Dedicated to: Rene Baud

Availability: Contact the composer for more information

First performance: August 1986

at Tanglewood Music Festival 
by the Festival Ensemble conducted by Gustav Meier
Tanglewood, Massachusetts USA

First performance of revised version
Festival Ensemble conducted by Thierry Fischer
Festival of India in Geneva
July 1987

This work won the Royal Overseas League Composition Prize, 1987


I started this work in spring 1986, and finished it in Tanglewood in the summer when I was a Fellow there. It shows an early influence drawn from my studies of the music of Elliott Carter. I wrote the work for a divided chamber ensemble, with its two ensembles featuring very different harmonies and rhythms. This must have been my very first use of partitioned intervals in any work of mine.

The image is from Paul Klee, appropriate as Klee's work was a very early visual influence in my thinking about music.