Powder Her Face Suite

(1995/2017)

by Thomas Adès

Description
large orchestra
Duration
27
Genres
Full Orchestra
Instrumentation
3(III=picc).3.3(all=bcl).ssax.asax(=tsax).3(III=contraforte*) – 4331 – timp – perc(3): glsp/xyl/t.bell + bucketful of water/2 susp.cym/clash.cym/antique.cym/hi-hat.cym/siz.cym/tam-t/SD/2 kit BD/orchestral BD/small rototom/3 brake drums/high bongo/Monkey drum/3 tpl.bl/guero/2 whips/small rattle/tgl/tamb/large washboard/small anvil/vibraslap/flexatone/lion’s roar/paper bag/wood chimes/cabasa/popgun – harp – pno – strings * ossia: contrabassoon (requiring low A)
Commission
Powder Her Face Suite (2017) incorporates four newly-orchestrated sections of the 1995 chamber opera, interpolated between new orchestrations of the three existing Dances from Powder Her Face (2007)*, to make an extended, full-length symphonic suite
 
Powder Her Face Suite was co-commissioned by the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra with the generous support of The Boltini Trust, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, and the St. Louis Symphony
 
*Dances from Powder Her Face (12 minutes) was commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival, the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra
First Performance
31.5.2017, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany: Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle
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