Antiphons and Elegies
Music for Double Chamber Orchestra
YEAR OF REVISION: 1987
ORCHESTRATION: fl, ob, cl, bsn, 2 hns, tpt, tbn, 2 perc, harp, pno, 2 vn, va, vc, db.
COMMISSIONED BY: City of Geneva
DEDICATION: Rene Baud
AVAILABILITY: Contact the composer for more information
PREMIERE DATE: August 1986
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
I started this work in spring 1986, and finished it in Tanglewood in the summer when I was a Fellow on the Composition Fellowship Programme directed by Oliver Knussen. The work shows an early influence drawn from my studies of the music of Elliott Carter. It was written 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. It was performed at the end of the summer by the Tanglewood Chamber Ensemble conducted by Gustav Meier.
The image is from Paul Klee, appropriate as Klee’s work was a very early visual influence in my thinking about music.