Epilog – Gérard Grisey

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Ensemble Modern come together to perform Gérard Grisey’s magnum opus, a work of compositional stringency and technical complexity, intended to systematically explore the interior of sounds in their own environment, the acoustic space.

Arthur Köster, photography: Wooden model of the main concert hall of the Philharmonie

Arthur Köster, photography: Wooden model of the main concert hall of the Philharmonie

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019. Photo: Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Scharoun Archive, No. 3834 F.222/14 © Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Past Dates

For eleven years, Gérard Grisey – a pioneer of “Musique spectrale” who died in 1998 at the age of just 52 –was working on his major oeuvre, “Les espaces acoustiques”: a six-part cycle of instrumental compositions that unfolds over a duration of more than 90 minutes, systematically expanding and exploring the acoustic space from a solo piece to large orchestra. Structurally stringent and technically complex, Grisey’s “Les espaces acoustiques” accomplishes a captivating synthesis of abstraction and sensuality, realizing Grisey’s vision of music as a “dialectics between ecstasy and form”. As a satellite to its 2020 edition and in conjunction with the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, MaerzMusik presents this compelling piece of sonic architecture in an extraordinary cast: Sylvain Cambreling, one of the composer’s best connoisseurs, will be conducting the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Ensemble Modern, unifying the two ensembles into a grand single body of sound.


Gérard Grisey
Les espaces acoustiques (1974 – 1985)

pour alto seul (1976)

pour 7 musiciens (1974)

pour 18 musiciens (1975)

pour 33 musiciens (1976)

pour grand orchestre (1980-1981)

pour quatre cors et grand orchestre (1985)

Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation in connection with Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues.