In Seven Days


piano and orchestra
Piano and Orchestra
3(II=afl+picc.III=picc).3.3.3(III=cbsn) – 4.3.2.btrbn.1 – timp – perc(4): vib/glsp/crot/t.bells/handbells/cyms/2 susp.cym/tgl/claves/bongos/cabaça/3 hanging bells or bell plates [ossia t.bells]/3 large gongs/tam-t/4 rototoms/SD/BD – strings (preferred, minimum

Commissioned by the Southbank Centre and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director

First Performance
28.4.2008, Ether 08, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK: Nicolas Hodges/London Sinfonietta/Thomas Adès/Tal Rosner (video artist)

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For the video installation, please contact the Hire Library for a referral to the video artist

Programme Notes

This piece is in seven continuous sections, following the Biblical story of Creation:

1. Chaos – Light – Darkness
2. Separation of the Waters into Sea and Sky - Reflection dance
3. Land – Grass – Trees
4. Stars - Sun - Moon
Fugue: 5. Creatures of the Sea and Sky
            -6. Creatures of the Land
7. Contemplation

The story is set as a set of variations, reflecting the two-part structure of the story: Days 1, 2 and 3 are complemented by Days 4, 5 and 6.

In Day 7 the Theme is presented in its simplest form.

The visuals also tell the story in an abstract way, using footage and photographs from the two places equally responsible for the work’s commission: Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the immediate surroundings of each.

In Seven Days was commissioned by Southbank Centre and the Los Angeles Philharmonic

© Thomas Adès and Tal Rosner

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News & Reviews

Adès: 'In Seven Days' New York premiere

Thomas Adès participated as pianist in the New York premiere of his piano concerto 'In Seven Days' on 6 January with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert. This was the first time the composer has taken the role of pianist, having conducted the work in all previous performances. Read more

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