Eric Tanguy, Quintette

Eric Tanguy, Quintette

We are pleased to invite you on 13 October to come discover Quintette by Eric Tanguy, commissioned by the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot. Served by first-class performers (David Lively, Florian Szigeti, Annick Roussin, Pierre Lenert and Anssi Karttunen) the composer, also celebrated last month at the Besançon-Franche Comté International Music Festival, elaborates upon his latest composition:  

"Since 2017, I have had the pleasure of teaching composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris / Alfred Cortot. When Françoise Noël-Marquis, the institution’s wonderful director, asked me for a new work for this prestigious institution’s centenary celebration, I immediately thought of a Quintet for piano and strings. With the idea of a dizzying confrontation with the masterpieces of the past for this ensemble in mind, I began writing this score in 2018 and completed the work in early 2019.

From a structural point of view, the work, as a whole, is divided into three distinct sections that follow one another.

The initial character of the work, mysterious at first and then intense and pulsating, is transformed into a lyrical and meditative moment. The score then closes with a frantic, jubilant and tumultuous finale.

A dialogue is established throughout the score between the piano and the string quartet through multiple and constantly renewed situations. The harmonic modality, characteristic of my work as a composer, impresses upon the melodic and rhythmic textures a singular colour evoking a distant poetic and imaginary elsewhere."


Éric Tanguy - Quintette
for piano &string quartet
World premiere: October 13, 2019

École Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot
David Lively, piano
Florian Szigeti, violin
Annick Roussin, violin
Pierre Lenert, viola
Anssi Karttunen, cello

US Premiere: April 9, 2022
The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts (Los Angeles, USA)
Suzana Bartal, piano
Calder Quartet
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