John Zorn (1953)

Chimeras, a child’s adventures in the realms of the unreal (2001)

for two sopranos and ensemble

  • General information
    • Composition date: 2001
      Revision dates: 2009
    • Duration: 31 mn
    • Publisher: Hips Road Edition
Detailed formation
  • soloist: 2 sopranos
  • flute, clarinet, percussionist, electronic/MIDI keyboard/synthesizer, violin, cello

Premiere information


Présentation de l’éditeur : Loosely inspired by the remarkable world of Henry Darger, which throws childlike innocence against a background of perversion and violence, Chimeras is a work of fantasy and imagination for a Pierrot Lunaire ensemble plus percussion. Each of the twelve movements pit the vocalist against a changing kaleidoscope of sonic dramas, climaxing with all-out war in a breathtaking tutti for all eight musicians.