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World Premiere of Julian Anderson’s Tombeau

Feb. 27, 2018

World Premiere of Julian Anderson’s <em>Tombeau</em>

On March 25, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group will present the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Tombeau for soprano and piano trio. The composer notes:

"Two of Claude Debussy’s unfinished opera projects were to have been settings of Edgar Allan Poe tales, so it seemed very appropriate to use Stéphane Mallarmé’s memorial sonnet to Poe as a memorial for Debussy himself. Tombeau uses the instruments employed by composers in the 1920 issue of La Revue musicale dedicated to the memory of Debussy, minus the guitar used by Manuel de Falla. Perhaps for that reason in both the opening and closing of the work the ensemble is transformed into an imaginary giant guitar." 

Listen to Julian Anderson’s Incantesimi (2016) for orchestra here:

(Incantesimi/Julian Anderson/Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle, conductor)

For more information about Julian Anderson, please visit

Julian Anderson
Tombeau (2017)
for soprano and piano trio
Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with financial assistance from BCMG’s Sound Investment Scheme