Morton Subotnick (1933)

Before the Butterfly (1975)

for orchestra and seven amplified instruments

electronic work

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1975
    • Duration : 20 mn
    • Commission: Commission du Bicentenaire par le Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra et le Boston Symphony Orchestra
Detailed formation
  • soloists : trumpet, trombone, percussionist, harp, violin, viola, cello
  • 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, 3 percussionists, celesta, strings

Premiere information

  • Date : April 1976

    Performers : Los Angeles Philharmonic ; Zubin Mehta, direction

Information on the electronics
Electronic device : amplification