Ensemble InterContemporain

Biography

Active: 1976 -
Based in Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain is one of the leading performance organizations devoted to new music, and is closely associated with composer/conductor Pierre Boulez, a leader of the European musical avant-garde establishment. Boulez developed the idea of the Ensemble during the planning stages for IRCAM (The Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique). IRCAM was established by the French government as an international Read more center for experimental music, to further pursue the explorations that Boulez, Iannis Xenakis, Bruno Maderna, and Luciano Berio had been carrying out with either government, broadcasting organization, or university assistance.

IRCAM was planned to have the latest in computer and electronic music technology, and to be located underneath the new Georges Pompidou Center in Paris. Boulez, whose public pronouncements concerning the present and future of music tend to be absolutist, concluded that the advances of the twentieth century called into question the nineteenth century institution of the symphony orchestra. He proposed to establish a more flexible structure designed to play new works, which are often quite variable in instrumentation. His suggestion, patterned on the recent success of the London Sinfonietta (founded in 1968 to play twentieth century music), was for an in-house ensemble. He decided on its size and instrumentation by referring to the works of Austrian composer Anton Webern. Accordingly, Boulez proposed a 31-member group containing all the instruments needed to perform the chamber works of Boulez, as well as important works by Igor Stravinsky, Webern, and Arnold Schoenberg.

In 1976, Michel Guy, the French Minister of Culture, approved the plan for the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and the organization was quickly formed. Boulez, who has been in charge of the Ensemble since its inception, invited 31 players to make up the Ensemble. The Ensemble uses an innovative staffing plan where members sign to long-term contracts, but they are required only two-thirds of the normal working time. The rest of the time remains at the musicians' discretion, affording them the opportunity to refresh themselves with different musical activities that the busy members of standard full-time orchestras often don't have time for. Furthermore, Ensemble members often function as a soloists within the group. Smaller sub-groups of the Ensemble are often billed as "Soloists of Ensemble Intercontemporain."

Organizationally, Ensemble Intercontemporain is not a part of IRCAM, although it usually performs there and is widely regarded as an IRCAM's group. In the first twenty years of its existence, the Ensemble performed over 1,400 different works, including 200 world premieres, of which 115 were specifically commissioned for the group.

The Ensemble's emphasis is certainly on new works, but it saves a place in its schedule for works considered "classics" of the twentieth century. The Ensemble has recorded frequently, including works by iconoclastic American composer Frank Zappa (1940-1993), in an album called The Perfect Stranger, although Zappa complained that it was under-rehearsed and inaccurate. Read less

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Biography

Active: 1976 -
Based in Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain is one of the leading performance organizations devoted to new music, and is closely associated with composer/conductor Pierre Boulez, a leader of the European musical avant-garde establishment. Boulez developed the idea of the Ensemble during the planning stages for IRCAM (The Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique). IRCAM was established by the French government as an international Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Avant "l'Artisanat furieux"
Commentaire I de "Bourreaux de solitude"
"L'Artisanat furieux"
Commentaire II de "Bourreaux de solitude"
"Bel édifice et les pressentiments" version première
"Bourreaux de solitude"
Après "L'Artisanat furieux"
Commentaire III de "Bourreaux de solitude"
"Bel édifice et les pressentiments", double
1. Mondestrunken
2. Colombine
3. Der Dandy
4. Eine Blasse Wäscherin
5. Valse De Chopin
6. Madonna
7. Der Kranke Mond
8. Die Nacht
9. Gebet An Pierrot
10. Raub
11. Rote Messe
12. Galgenlied
13. Enthauptung
14. Die Kreuze
15. Heimweh
16. Gemeinheit!
17. Parodie
18. Der Monfleck
19. Serenade
20. Heimfahrt
21. O Alter Duft
Stravinsky: Concerto In E Flat "Dumbarton Oaks" - 1. Tempo giusto
Stravinsky: Concerto In E Flat "Dumbarton Oaks" - 2. Allegretto
Stravinsky: Concerto In E Flat "Dumbarton Oaks" - 3. Con moto
Stravinsky: Two Poems By Paul Verlaine - Russian Translation By S. Mtusov - Gdye v lunnom svyetye (The White Moon)
Stravinsky: Two Poems By Paul Verlaine - Russian Translation By S. Mtusov - Mrachniye sny (Wisdom)
Stravinsky: Two Poems By Konstantin Bal'mont - 1. Nyezabudochka-tsvyetochek (The Flower)
Stravinsky: Two Poems By Konstantin Bal'mont - 2. Golub' (The Dove)
Stravinsky: Three Japanese Lyrics - 1. Akahito
Stravinsky: Three Japanese Lyrics - 2. Mazatsumi
Stravinsky: Three Japanese Lyrics - 3. Tsaraiuki
Stravinsky: Three Songs (Recollections Of My Childhood) - Sorochenka (The Magpie)
Stravinsky: Three Songs (Recollections Of My Childhood) - Vorona (The Rock)
Stravinsky: Three Songs (Recollections Of My Childhood) - Chicher-Yacher
Stravinsky: Pribaoutki (Four Songs) - Kornilo (Uncle Pierre)
Stravinsky: Pribaoutki (Four Songs) - Natashka (Natasha)
Stravinsky: Pribaoutki (Four Songs) - Polkovnik (The Colonel)
Stravinsky: Pribaoutki (Four Songs) - Staryets i zayats (The Old Man And The Hare)
Stravinsky: Three Songs From William Shakespeare - Music To Hear
Stravinsky: Three Songs From William Shakespeare - Full Fadom Five
Stravinsky: Three Songs From William Shakespeare - Spring (When Dasies Pied)
Gnarly Buttons, for clarinet and small orchestra (1996): I. The Perilous Shore
Gnarly Buttons, for clarinet and small orchestra (1996): II. Hoedown (Mad Cow)
Gnarly Buttons, for clarinet and small orchestra (1996): III. Put your loving arms around me
1. Largo - Allegro molto
2. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio I-II
3. Adagio
4. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio I-II
5. Romanze: Adagio - Allegretto
6. Tema con Variazioni: Andante
7. Rondo: Allegro molto
1. Thema scherzoso con variazioni
2. Adagio
3. Rondo ritmico con introduzione
Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra: I. Andante
II. Napolitana
III. Española
IV. Balalaika
Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra: I. Marche
II. Valse
III. Polka
IV. Galop
Avant "l'Artisanat furieux"
Commentaire I de "Bourreaux de solitude"
"L'Artisanat furieux"
Commentaire II de "Bourreaux de solitude"
"Bel édifice et les pressentiments" version première
"Bourreaux de solitude"
Après "L'Artisanat furieux"
Commentaire III de "Bourreaux de solitude"
"Bel édifice et les pressentiments", double
Berg: Chamber Concerto For Piano And Violin With 13 Wind Instruments - 1. Thema scherzoso con variazioni
Berg: Chamber Concerto For Piano And Violin With 13 Wind Instruments - 2. Adagio
Berg: Chamber Concerto For Piano And Violin With 13 Wind Instruments - 3. Rondo ritmico con introduzione
Ligeti: Nouvelles Aventures For 3 Singers And 7 Instrumentalists - 1. Sostenuto
Ligeti: Nouvelles Aventures For 3 Singers And 7 Instrumentalists - 2. Agitato molto
No. 1 Don (version nouvelle 1989) ["Je t'apporte l'enfant d'une nuit d'Idumée"]
No. 2 Improvisation I sur Mallarmé (1958/62) le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujourd'hui
No. 3 Improvisation II sur Mallarmé (1957) une dentelle s'abolit
No. 4 Improvisation III sur Mallarmé (1959/84) à la nue accablante tu
No. 5 Tombeau (1959-62) ["une peu profond ruisseau calomnié la mort"]
1. Tempo giusto
2. Allegretto
3. Con moto
1. "Du, der ich's nicht sage" Langsam
2. "Du machst mich allein" Sehr langsam
1. Sehr ruhig und zart
2. Lebhaft und zart bewegt
3. Sehr langsam und äußerst ruhig
4. Fließend äußerst zart
5. Sehr fließend
1. Wiese im Park: "Wie wird mir zeitlos" - Sehr ruhig
2. Die Einsame: "An dunkelblauem Himmel" Bewegt
3. In der Fremde: "In fremdem Lande lag ich"Fließend
4. Ein Winterabend:"Wenn der Schnee ans Fenster fällt" Sehr ruhig
1. Die Sonne: "Täglich kommt die gelbe Sonne" Ruhig fliessend
2. Abendland I: "Mond, als träte ein Totes" Sehr lebhaft
3. Abendland II: "So leise sind die grünen Wälder" Langsam
4. Abendland III: "Ihr grossen Städte steinern aufge- baut" Langsam
5. Nachts: "Die Bläue meiner Augen" Sehr lebhaft
6. Gesang einer gefangenen Amsel: "Dunkler Odem im grünen Gezweig" Sehr fliessende Achtel
1. "Das Kreuz, das mußt' er tragen" Getragen
2. Morgenlied: "Steht auf, ihr lieben Kinderlein" Zart bewegt
3. "In Gottes Namen aufstehn" Gemächlich
4. "Mein Weg geht jetzt vorüber" Sehr ruhig
5. "Fahr hin, o Seel', zu deinem Gott" Doppelcanon in motu cantrario: Fliessend
1. "Christus factus est" Rasch
2. "Dormi Jesu, mater ridet" Ruhig
3. "Crux fidelis" Langsam
4. "Asperges me, Domine" Sehr lebhaft
5. "Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine" Bewegt
1. "Armer Sünder, du" Gemächlich
2. "Liebste Jungfrau, wir sind dein" Fliessend
3. "Heiland, unsre Missetaten" Langsam
1. "Schatzerl klein" Sehr ruhig
2. Erlösung: "Mein Kind, sieh an" Sehr bewegt
3. "Ave, Regina coelorum" Langsam
1. "Weiß wie Lilien" Lebhaft, leicht und frei
2. "Ziehn die Schafe" Sehr gemächlich
1. Sehr mäßig
2. Sehr schwungvoll
1. Etwas lebhaft
2. Sehr langsam
3. Sehr rasch
Introduction
Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Coda
1. Mondestrunken
2. Colombine
3. Der Dandy
4. Eine Blasse Wäscherin
5. Valse De Chopin
6. Madonna
7. Der Kranke Mond
8. Die Nacht
9. Gebet An Pierrot
10. Raub
11. Rote Messe
12. Galgenlied
13. Enthauptung
14. Die Kreuze
15. Heimweh
16. Gemeinheit!
17. Parodie
18. Der Monfleck
19. Serenade
20. Heimfahrt
21. O Alter Duft
Berg: Chamber Concerto For Piano And Violin With 13 Wind Instruments - 1. Thema scherzoso con variazioni
Berg: Chamber Concerto For Piano And Violin With 13 Wind Instruments - 2. Adagio
Berg: Chamber Concerto For Piano And Violin With 13 Wind Instruments - 3. Rondo ritmico con introduzione
Stravinsky: Concerto In E Flat "Dumbarton Oaks" - 1. Tempo giusto
Stravinsky: Concerto In E Flat "Dumbarton Oaks" - 2. Allegretto
Stravinsky: Concerto In E Flat "Dumbarton Oaks" - 3. Con moto
Stravinsky: 8 Instrumental Miniatures For 15 Players (1962)
Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto - Allegro moderato - Andante - Moderato - Con moto - Moderato - Vivo
Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto - Allegro moderato - Andante - Moderato - Con moto - Moderato - Vivo
1. "Du, der ich's nicht sage" Langsam
2. "Du machst mich allein" Sehr langsam
1. Sehr ruhig und zart
2. Lebhaft und zart bewegt
3. Sehr langsam und äußerst ruhig
4. Fließend äußerst zart
5. Sehr fließend
1. Wiese im Park: "Wie wird mir zeitlos" - Sehr ruhig
2. Die Einsame: "An dunkelblauem Himmel" Bewegt
3. In der Fremde: "In fremdem Lande lag ich"Fließend
4. Ein Winterabend:"Wenn der Schnee ans Fenster fällt" Sehr ruhig
1. Die Sonne: "Täglich kommt die gelbe Sonne" Ruhig fliessend
2. Abendland I: "Mond, als träte ein Totes" Sehr lebhaft
3. Abendland II: "So leise sind die grünen Wälder" Langsam
1. "Das Kreuz, das mußt' er tragen" Getragen
2. Morgenlied: "Steht auf, ihr lieben Kinderlein" Zart bewegt
3. "In Gottes Namen aufstehn" Gemächlich
4. "Mein Weg geht jetzt vorüber" Sehr ruhig
5. "Fahr hin, o Seel', zu deinem Gott" Doppelcanon in motu cantrario: Fliessend
1. "Christus factus est" Rasch
2. "Dormi Jesu, mater ridet" Ruhig
3. "Crux fidelis" Langsam
4. "Asperges me, Domine" Sehr lebhaft
5. "Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine" Bewegt
1. "Armer Sünder, du" Gemächlich
2. "Liebste Jungfrau, wir sind dein" Fliessend
3. "Heiland, unsre Missetaten" Langsam
1. "Schatzerl klein" Sehr ruhig
2. Erlösung: "Mein Kind, sieh an" Sehr bewegt
3. "Ave, Regina coelorum" Langsam
1. "Weiß wie Lilien" Lebhaft, leicht und frei
2. "Ziehn die Schafe" Sehr gemächlich
1. Sehr mäßig
2. Sehr schwungvoll
1. Etwas lebhaft
2. Sehr langsam
3. Sehr rasch
1. Vivace molto ritmico e preciso - attacca subito:
2. Lento e deserto
3. Vivace cantabile
4. Allegro risoluto, molto ritmico - attacca subito:
5. Presto luminoso: fluido, costante, sempre molto ritmico
1. Quarter = 40: Attacca
2. (Lo stesso tempo)
1. Praeludium: Vivacissimo luminoso - attacca:
2. Aria, Hoquetus, Choral: Andante con moto - attacca:
3. Intermezzo: Presto fluido
4. Passacaglia: Lento intenso
5. Appassionato: Agitato molto
I. Overture
II. Tanzschritte
III. Thema mit Variationen
IV. Gigue
Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra: I. Rasche Viertel
II. Massige Viertel
III. Gehende Viertel
a) Chanson de La-Haut (Song from On High)
b) La Croix du Sud (The Southern Cross)
Octandre: I. Assez Lent
II. Très Vif Et Nerveux
III. Grave


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