‘Musically the work, a retelling of the Genesis story of creation, marks a startling departure. The edgy, often ironic vitality of earlier scores has relaxed into a new fluidity and lyricism.’ The Observer
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 220.127.116.11.4, minimum 18.104.22.168.4)
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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
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