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Kaija Saariaho

Publisher: Chester Music

Sept Papillons (2000)
commissioned by the Rudolf Steiner Foundation
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
10 Minutes

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Kaija Saariaho Sept Papillons (2000)
Sept papillons was the first piece Saariaho wrote after her opera L'Amour de loin and it was partly written during the rehearsals of the opera in Salzburg. One can sense the desire to find a new world, which has nothing to do with the opera neither in style nor in language. From the metaphors of the opera which all have an eternal quality - love, yearning and death - she moved now to a metaphor of the ephemeral: butterfly.
Also, from the long time-spans of the opera she moved to these seven miniatures, which each seem to be studies on a different aspect of fragile and ephemeral movement that has no beginning nor end.

Sept papillons was commissioned by the Rudolf Steiner Foundation and was first performed by Anssi Karttunen in Helsinki in September 2000.

  • Ensemble
    Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Kronos Quartet
    Petri Alanko, flute / Anssi Karttunen, cello
    Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Soloist(s)
    Alexis Descharmes, cello; Jérémie Fèvre, flute; Nicolas Baldeyrou, Bass Clarinete
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