Thomas Adès (1971)

In Seven Days (2008)

pour piano, orchestre et vidéo de Tal Rosner

electronic work
stage work

  • General information
    • Composition date : 2008
    • Video, installation (detail, author) : vidéo de Tal Rosner
    • Duration : 30 mn
    • Editor : Faber Music, Londres
    • Commande: South Bank Centre pour le London Sinfonietta
Detailed formation
  • soliste : piano
  • 3 flûtes (aussi 2 flûtes piccolos, 1 flûte alto), 3 hautbois, 3 clarinettes, 3 bassons (aussi 1 contrebasson), 4 cors, 3 trompettes, 2 trombones, trombone basse, tuba, 4 percussionnistes, timbales, 8 violons, 8 violons II, 6 altos, 6 violoncelles, 4 contrebasses [cordes minimum 6.6.4.4.4]

Creation information

  • Date : 28 April 2008
    Location :

    Londres, Royal Festival Hall


    Performers :

    Nicolas Hodges : piano et le London Sinfonietta direction : Thomas Adès

Information about electronic
Electronic device : dispositif multimédia (vidéo, lumière)

Program note

This piece is a video-ballet in seven movements, played continuously. The piece follows the story of creation:

  1. Chaos – Light – Darkness
  2. Separation of the waters into the sea and sky
  3. Land – Grass – Trees
  4. Stars, Sun, Moon – Fugue
  5. Creatures of the Sea and Sky
  6. Creatures of the Land
  7. Contemplation

The story is set as a set of variations, reflecting the tw0-part structure of the story: Days 1, 2 and 3 are complemented by Days 4, 5 and 6.
In Day 7 the theme is presented in its simplest form. The visuals also tell the story in an abstract way, using footage and photographs from the two places equally responsible for the work’s commission: Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and their immediate surroundings.

Thomas Adès et Tal Rosner.