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Les Fiançailles

Les Fiançailles

for solo piano and small ensemble


  • Instrumentation: piano and small ensemble
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description

A sketch for Les Fiançailles ("engagement") was written in 1983 for a scene in Robert Wilson's CIVIL WarS, in which a Japanese bride delivers two texts: one in French announcing a forthcoming aristocratic marriage; the other an old text in Japanese announcing the link between the Sun and the Imperial throne.

When I gave a concert in the Secession Hall in Vienna, I developed the piece further to incorporate the special quality of the Viennese string players who played with me, making a concert work for string quintet, two pianos (8 hands) and percussion. In musical terms this related to the Secession Hall's important role in Viennese music, in particular to its connection with early Schönberg and Mahler, and the writing for the high strings, for example, consciously evoked chamber music of the period.

When work resumed on CIVIL WarS in 1984, in addition to the original piece being used for the bride's aria, this extended concert work appeared during a slow motion sequence where, at a particular point in the music, the actress Delphine Seyrig was to read quietly a letter written by Marie Curie to Pierre, her dead husband. The instrumentation has now been simplified to string quintet, solo piano and percussion.

Gavin Bryars.

Details
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 22. Mai 1983 Wien, Secession Hall (A) · Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Year of composition: 1983, rev. 1996
instrumentation: 2perc(2vib, glsp, sizz cym)-str(1.1.1.1.1)
Performances
2016-04-17 | Toulouse (France), St Pierre des Cuisines
2016-04-16 | Toulouse (France), St Pierre des Cuisines
2016-04-15 | Toulouse (France), St Pierre des Cuisines
2016-04-14 | Toulouse (France), St Pierre des Cuisines
2016-04-13 | Toulouse (France), St Pierre des Cuisines
Conductor: Valeriy Platonov
Orchestra: Orchestra of Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre
2011-04-24 | Perm (Russia), Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre — 12 performances
2008-12-09 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom) | CD-Broadcast-TV-Production
Conductor: Daniel Warren
Orchestra: Kitchener Waterloo Symphony
2005-11-18 | Waterloo, ON (Canada), Perimeter Institute — 20.00 h
2001-02-07 | Edmonton, AB (Canada), Winspear Centre of Music
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1999-11-21 | Praha (Czech Republic), Archa Theatre
1999-06-19 | Vancouver, BC (Canada), CBC Vancouver
1999-03-15 | London (United Kingdom), Purcell Room
1998-11-15 | Tallinn (Estonia), Niguliste Church
1998-11-14 | Tallinn (Estonia), Niguliste Church
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1998-06-28 | Lisboa (Portugal)
1997-10-21 | Melbourne, VIC (Australia), Town Hall
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1997-09-19 | London (United Kingdom), Maida Vale Studios
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1997-09-18 | London (United Kingdom), Maida Vale Studios
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1997-07-26 | Arle (France), Amphitheatre
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1997-05-22 | Zaragoza (Spain), Auditorio Palacio de Congresos
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1997-05-15 | Lille (France), L\'Aéronef
Orchestra: Gavin Bryars Ensemble
1983-05-22 | Wien (Austria), Secession Hall | World Premiere
Sound Clips
Bryars · Les Fiançailles for solo piano and small ensemble · Hörbeispiele
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A sketch for Les Fiançailles ("engagement") was written in 1983 for a scene in Robert Wilson's CIVIL WarS, in which a Japanese bride delivers two texts: one in French announcing a forthcoming aristocratic marriage; the other an old text in Japanese announcing the link between the Sun and the Imperial throne.

When I gave a concert in the Secession Hall in Vienna, I developed the piece further to incorporate the special quality of the Viennese string players who played with me, making a concert work for string quintet, two pianos (8 hands) and percussion. In musical terms this related to the Secession Hall's important role in Viennese music, in particular to its connection with early Schönberg and Mahler, and the writing for the high strings, for example, consciously evoked chamber music of the period.

When work resumed on CIVIL WarS in 1984, in addition to the original piece being used for the bride's aria, this extended concert work appeared during a slow motion sequence where, at a particular point in the music, the actress Delphine Seyrig was to read quietly a letter written by Marie Curie to Pierre, her dead husband. The instrumentation has now been simplified to string quintet, solo piano and percussion.

Gavin Bryars.

Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 22. Mai 1983 Wien, Secession Hall (A) · Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Year of composition: 1983, rev. 1996
instrumentation: 2perc(2vib, glsp, sizz cym)-str(1.1.1.1.1)
2016-04-17 | Toulouse (France), St Pierre des Cuisines
2016-04-16 | Toulouse (France), St Pierre des Cuisines
2016-04-15 | Toulouse (France), St Pierre des Cuisines
2016-04-14 | Toulouse (France), St Pierre des Cuisines
2016-04-13 | Toulouse (France), St Pierre des Cuisines
Conductor: Valeriy Platonov
Orchestra: Orchestra of Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre
2011-04-24 | Perm (Russia), Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre — 12 performances
2008-12-09 | Edinburgh (United Kingdom) | CD-Broadcast-TV-Production
Conductor: Daniel Warren
Orchestra: Kitchener Waterloo Symphony
2005-11-18 | Waterloo, ON (Canada), Perimeter Institute — 20.00 h
2001-02-07 | Edmonton, AB (Canada), Winspear Centre of Music
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1999-11-21 | Praha (Czech Republic), Archa Theatre
1999-06-19 | Vancouver, BC (Canada), CBC Vancouver
1999-03-15 | London (United Kingdom), Purcell Room
1998-11-15 | Tallinn (Estonia), Niguliste Church
1998-11-14 | Tallinn (Estonia), Niguliste Church
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1998-06-28 | Lisboa (Portugal)
1997-10-21 | Melbourne, VIC (Australia), Town Hall
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1997-09-19 | London (United Kingdom), Maida Vale Studios
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1997-09-18 | London (United Kingdom), Maida Vale Studios
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1997-07-26 | Arle (France), Amphitheatre
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1997-05-22 | Zaragoza (Spain), Auditorio Palacio de Congresos
Conductor: Gavin Bryars
1997-05-15 | Lille (France), L\'Aéronef
Orchestra: Gavin Bryars Ensemble
1983-05-22 | Wien (Austria), Secession Hall | World Premiere
Bryars · Les Fiançailles for solo piano and small ensemble · Hörbeispiele