tombeau de Ligeti

John Rea
John Rea
Composition Date: 2006
Revision Date: 2007
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
Programme Note:
A singularity may be understood to be a point at which, say in the world of mathematic, an equation or a surface, etc. explodes and becomes degenerate, a technical term signifying a limiting case whereby an object transforms to become something simpler yet more complex. Just as a point is a degenerate case of a circle whose radius approaches 0, one can imagine a circle as a degenerate form of an ellipse where its eccentricity moves toward 0. In astrophysics, black holes lead to singularities.
A revolutionary view drawn from the world of computer science today maintains that a technological singularity will occur at a point in time (some say as early as the year 2030) where the pace of technological change is so accelerated, its impact so profound, that human life- human time- will be transformed irreversibly. Computers, it is conjectured, will be able to check and rewrite their own programming. The implications for culture and for thechnology itself will bec paradoxically immeasurable and beyond comprehension. The Death of Time? Perhaps. Even so, this view signals a new life for eschatology.
Remarkable "timekeeper" that he was, György Ligeti (1923-2006) distinguished himself by the care he brought in his music to the domain of time. Throughout his career this singular composer was involved in a rather unique proliferaion-in-sound of concepts such as mechanica duration, thought-out duration, time stretching, striated or grooved time, continous or smooth time, empirical or experiential time, and so forth.
Commisssioned by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and dedicated to its director, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Singulari-T pays homage to Gyögy Ligeti, expert geometer of sonic realms and resounding time.

Premiere Information:
Date: 14 avril 2007 Salle: Claude Champagne (Montréal) Interprètes: Nouvel Ensemble Moderne Chef d'orchestre: Lorraine Vaillancourt


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 R281sin
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 5, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (83 p.) ; 39 cm
    83 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • PDF CMC Montréal
    Pour ensemble: flûte/piccolo, hautbois/cor angais, 2 clarinettes sib/clarinette basse (avec do grave), basson, cor, trompette, trombone (avec clé de fa), percussion, piano/celesta, cordes
    Percussion: métronome trad. à manivelle, 1 livre de 3cm. d'épaisseur, cloches tubulaires, vibraphone, crotales (2 octaves), wood-block, marimba, 2 klaxons électriques d'auto, grosse caisse, cymbale suspendue (méd. 35 cm), tam-tam (méd.), crécelle à manivelle.
    Cordes utilisent la sourdine d'hôtel métalique
    Commande du Nouvel ensemble moderne
    Dédiée à Lorraine Vaillancourt
    Rend hommage à György Ligeti
    Indications en français
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