Accident - Tombeau de Grisey
pour 12 instruments

John Rea
John Rea
Composition Date: 2004
Duration: 00:14:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
Programme Note:
Program Note
Accident : Tombeau de Grisey (2004)
John Rea
In antiquity, an accident (accidentia) enjoyed an altogether different meaning than it does today since the concept depended upon substance (substantia), a metaphysical notion which in turn was a manifestation of essence (essentia). And Aristotelian thinkers would come to identidy nine accidents: quantity, action, quality, time (when), place (where), relation, disposition (arrangement of parts), passion, and raiment. Although this lexical scheme was intended to account for animate things, it also elucidates I believe the nature of music at its most perfect embodiment - as matter is to form, substance (material) is to accident.
Disposed along three actions, Happé (Struck), Effondré (Founder) and Défiguré (Disfiguration), my work was written for the Ensemble Court-circuit (France), Thanks to a combined commission from Radio-Canada and Radio France. The last action, Défiguré, poins to the untimely death of Gérard Grisey (1946-1998) caused by a cerebral accident (aneurism). Allusions to the funeral music from act three of Tristan as well as to Grisey's seminal composition, Partiels, are brought together in this hommage.
The work was given its première on 2 February 2005, in Paris, for the 2005 editions of the Présences festival in Paris and Montreal/New Music (MNM).

Premiere Information:
Création le 2 février 2005, festivals Présences et Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques, Salle Olivier-Messiaen (Radio-France), Paris, France; Ensemble Court-Circuit ; Pierre-André Valade, direction.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 R281acc 2004
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • December 6, 2005
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (40 p.) ; 43 cm.
    40 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour 12 instruments (2 clar., cor, tpt, tbn, perc, pno, 2 vnls, alto, cello, basse).
    Dédié à l'ensemble Court-Circuit.
    Commande de Radio-Canada dt Radio France dans le cadre de l'édition 2005 des festivals Présences et Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques.
    Photocopie; l'original se trouve au CMC Montréal.
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