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Music Text

Claude Vivier (imaginary language)

Scoring gong/Balinese gong/tam-t/BD/t.bells/superball-strings( tape

This work requires additional technological components and/or amplification.

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Boosey & Hawkes (Hendon Music)

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World Premiere
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Evelyne Razimowsky, soprano / 2E2M / Paul Méfano
Composer's Notes

Bouchara is meant to be a long love song…The entire text is sung in an invented language, a language of love, a story which repeats itself continually.

— Claude Vivier

Reproduction Rights:
This program note may be reproduced free of charge in concert programs with a credit to the composer.

Press Quotes

Bouchara, an elegiac 20-minute outpouring that’s like a Liebestod from the surface of Saturn.” —New York Times

Recommended Recording

Schönberg Ensemble / ASKO Ensemble / Reinbert de Leeuw / Susan Narucki
Philips 454 231-2
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