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3(III=picc).2.corA.2.Ebcl.3-; 4rin gong/nipple gong/4nipple gongs(sm)/3tam-t(lo,med,hi)/Chin.gong/2metal plates/wdbl; t.bells/vib/marimba/crot/BD-harp-strings

One of the percussionists has to sing into the tam-tam.

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Boosey & Hawkes (Hendon Music)

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World Premiere
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montréal, QC
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal / Charles Dutoit
Composer's Notes

A melody on the trumpet, again the trumpet, as in Kopernikus, instrument of death in the Middle Ages (see the film by Bergman and read l’Office des morts).

Orion consists of six sections: statement of the melody, first development of the melody laid upon itself, second development of the melody laid upon itself, meditation on the melody, remembrance of the melody, and finally the melody in two intervals.

Eternal homecoming, as in History with a capital H, which always waits impatiently for the return of its redemptive saints and its dictators. I have the impression that I’m sitting still on an airplane; I remain in the same place and yet I go from Cairo to Kuala Lumpur.

Go and find out for yourself!

— Claude Vivier

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Recommended Recording

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln / Christian Dierstein
Kairos 0012472KAI

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