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Betsy Jolas

Publisher: Alphonse Leduc

Lassus Ricercare (1970)
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
10 Minutes

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...a superb ten-minute piece for ten musicians – five brass (two trumpets, three trombones), two percussionists (utilising a variety of wood, skin and metal), harp, and two pianists, one doubling on celesta – written in 1970 for Pierre Boulez and his Ensemble Intercontemporain. Lassus Ricercare (using fifteen extracts of Lassus’s music) is both solemn and joyous, music of splendour and ravishing sounds and harmony, teeming with imagination. Not every group can run to two pianos and pianists, but if programming Carmina Burana and/or Symphony of Psalms, then Lassus Ricercare would be a brilliant opener. Extraordinary that such compelling music has taken forty-six years to reach the UK.
Colin Anderson,,12/11/2016
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