Louis Andriessen (1939-2021)

TAO (1996)

for solo piano, four female voices and ensemble

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1996
    • Duration : 18 mn
    • Publisher : Boosey & Hawkes
    • Cycle : Trilogy of The Last Day, deuxième partie
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      Lao Tzu, Tao-teh Ching, chapitre 50 (chinois) et Kotaro Takamura, Knife-Whetter (japonais)

Detailed formation
  • soloists : 2 solo sopranos, 2 solo mezzo-sopranos, piano (also koto [aussi chantant] )
  • flute, 2 piccolos, oboe, English horn, 2 horns, 2 percussionists, piano (also celesta), harp, 3 violins, 3 second violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, 2 double basses

Premiere information

  • Date : 18 October 1996
    Location :

    Allemagne, Donaueschingen, Festival


    Performers :

    Helen Wiklund, Francine van der Heyden, Johannette Zomer et Gerda von Zelm : voix, Tomoko Mukaiyama : piano et koto, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, direction : Peter Eötvös.