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Les espaces infinis

Les espaces infinis

for chamber orchestra


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
Les espaces infinis (The Infinite Spaces) is, for the most part, a quiet meditation on the nature of time and space. The title is derived from a quote of Pascal: ‘Le silence éternal des espaces infinis m’effraie’ (‘The eternal silence of the infinite spaces terrifies me’). It is meant to evoke a sense of spaciousness and timelessness. At the beginning of the work, a series of falling chords is heard in the strings. This leads to the main motive of the entire work, a quiet melodic fragment in the upper strings which also forms a diatonic cluster. The music gradually builds, and eventually the quiet main motive is heard forcefully in the brass. The stillness of the opening returns, and a quiet coda concludes the work. - Pierre Jalbert
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Albany Symphony
Performance duration: 10'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 10. Februar 2001 Albany, NY (USA) · Dirigent: David Alan Miller · Albany Symphony
Year of composition: 2001
instrumentation: 2(2.pic).1.ca.2.2-2.1.0.0-hp-str
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Maxime Tortelier
Orchestra: Southbank Sinfonia
2019-10-24 | London (United Kingdom), Hackney Round Chapel — 19.30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Donato Cabrera
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus
2019-01-27 | Cottbus (Germany), Staatstheater - Großes Haus — 19:00
Conductor: Donato Cabrera
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus
2019-01-25 | Cottbus (Germany), Staatstheater - Großes Haus — 20:00
Conductor: Donato Cabrera
Orchestra: California Symphony
2017-03-19 | Walnut Creek, CA (United States of America), Lesher Center for the Arts
Conductor: Raphael Jimenez
Orchestra: Oberlin Chamber Orchestra
2015-05-05 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Finney Chapel
Conductor: Morihiko Nakahara
Orchestra: Spokane Symphony
2015-03-20 | Spokane, WA (United States of America), Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
Conductor: Peter Askim
Orchestra: North Carolina State University
2014-11-02 | Raleigh, NC (United States of America), Thompson Hall
Conductor: Brett Mitchell
Orchestra: Saginaw Bay Symphony
2014-03-22 | Saginaw, MI (United States of America), Temple Theatre
Conductor: Matt Forte
Orchestra: Michigan State University
2013-10-10 | East Lansing, MI (United States of America), Demonstration Hall, Michigan State University
Conductor: Sean Newhouse
Orchestra: California Symphony
2013-01-20 | Walnut Creek, CA (United States of America), Lesher Center for the Performing Arts
Conductor: Louis Karchin
Orchestra: Orchestra of the League of Composers
2012-06-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), Miller Theater
Orchestra: Woodstock Chamber Orchestra
2012-03-04 | Woodstock, NY (United States of America), Woodstock Playhouse
Orchestra: Woodstock Chamber Orchestra
2012-03-02 | Red Hook, NY (United States of America), Olin Hall, Bard College
Conductor: David Alan Miller
Orchestra: Albany Symphony
2001-02-10 | Albany, NY (United States of America) | World Premiere
Les espaces infinis (The Infinite Spaces) is, for the most part, a quiet meditation on the nature of time and space. The title is derived from a quote of Pascal: ‘Le silence éternal des espaces infinis m’effraie’ (‘The eternal silence of the infinite spaces terrifies me’). It is meant to evoke a sense of spaciousness and timelessness. At the beginning of the work, a series of falling chords is heard in the strings. This leads to the main motive of the entire work, a quiet melodic fragment in the upper strings which also forms a diatonic cluster. The music gradually builds, and eventually the quiet main motive is heard forcefully in the brass. The stillness of the opening returns, and a quiet coda concludes the work. - Pierre Jalbert
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Albany Symphony
Performance duration: 10'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 10. Februar 2001 Albany, NY (USA) · Dirigent: David Alan Miller · Albany Symphony
Year of composition: 2001
instrumentation: 2(2.pic).1.ca.2.2-2.1.0.0-hp-str
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Maxime Tortelier
Orchestra: Southbank Sinfonia
2019-10-24 | London (United Kingdom), Hackney Round Chapel — 19.30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Donato Cabrera
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus
2019-01-27 | Cottbus (Germany), Staatstheater - Großes Haus — 19:00
Conductor: Donato Cabrera
Orchestra: Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus
2019-01-25 | Cottbus (Germany), Staatstheater - Großes Haus — 20:00
Conductor: Donato Cabrera
Orchestra: California Symphony
2017-03-19 | Walnut Creek, CA (United States of America), Lesher Center for the Arts
Conductor: Raphael Jimenez
Orchestra: Oberlin Chamber Orchestra
2015-05-05 | Oberlin, OH (United States of America), Finney Chapel
Conductor: Morihiko Nakahara
Orchestra: Spokane Symphony
2015-03-20 | Spokane, WA (United States of America), Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
Conductor: Peter Askim
Orchestra: North Carolina State University
2014-11-02 | Raleigh, NC (United States of America), Thompson Hall
Conductor: Brett Mitchell
Orchestra: Saginaw Bay Symphony
2014-03-22 | Saginaw, MI (United States of America), Temple Theatre
Conductor: Matt Forte
Orchestra: Michigan State University
2013-10-10 | East Lansing, MI (United States of America), Demonstration Hall, Michigan State University
Conductor: Sean Newhouse
Orchestra: California Symphony
2013-01-20 | Walnut Creek, CA (United States of America), Lesher Center for the Performing Arts
Conductor: Louis Karchin
Orchestra: Orchestra of the League of Composers
2012-06-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), Miller Theater
Orchestra: Woodstock Chamber Orchestra
2012-03-04 | Woodstock, NY (United States of America), Woodstock Playhouse
Orchestra: Woodstock Chamber Orchestra
2012-03-02 | Red Hook, NY (United States of America), Olin Hall, Bard College
Conductor: David Alan Miller
Orchestra: Albany Symphony
2001-02-10 | Albany, NY (United States of America) | World Premiere