Requiem pour un jeune poète Discovery Pack

A part of the Biennale d’art vocal

Zimmermann’s Requiem compresses almost the entire 20th century in an eruptive tableau: clashing ideologies, dizzying musical citations, multiplicity of languages, apparition of historical figures (Mao, Hitler, Churchill, Staline, Dubcnek), and the theater of “terminal” texts (Ecclesiastes, the posthumous work by Wittgenstein, the end of Joyce’s Ulysses). Colossal in its ambition and in the number of artists present (choruses, orchestra, soloists, jazz band, narrators, electronics), this requiem gives a voice to the figures of revolutions and the dead poets of history, like Maiakowski.

This dramatic and empathetic work is preceded by an orchestral tableau, inspired by the frescos painted by Yves Klein in Gelsenkirchen. Photoptosis, literally an explosion of light before the shattered night of the Requiem.

Michel Tabachnik © Jean Baptiste Millot

Michel Tabachnik © Jean Baptiste Millot

Marisol Montalvo soprano
Leigh Melrose baritone
Peter SchröderNico Holonics narrators
Students from the Jazz et Musiques improvisées department at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris
Stuttgart Radio Symphony (SWR)
Les Cris de Paris*
Les Éléments** Chamber Choir
Chœur de l’Armée française***
Conductor Michel Tabachnik
Choirmasters Geoffroy Jourdain*, Joël Suhubiette**, Aurore Tillac***
João Rafael Sound Diffusion
IRCAM Sound engineer Julien Aléonard

BERND ALOIS ZIMMERMANN Photoptosis, Requiem pour un jeune poète

An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Philharmonie de Paris, Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris coproduction. With the support of the Fonds franco-allemand pour la musique contemporaine/Impuls neue Musik. Concert recorded by France Musique and broadcast on June 15 at 8pm in Les Lundis de la contemporaine by Arnaud Merlin.


Friday, May 15, 5—7pm, IRCAM, salle Stravinsky
Seminar on Requiem pour un jeune poète by Bernd Alois Zimmermann.

Tuesday, June 2, 6:30pm, Philharmonie de Paris, Amphithéâtre
Presentation of the concert by Laurent Feneyrou.
Free entry, limited seating available