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POÈME SYMPHONIQUE FOR 100 METRONOMES
Metronome, wood, metal. (2.85 m x 1.25 m x 1.95 m)
Since its world premiere in the Netherlands in 1963, György Ligeti’s Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes has rarely been performed in public.
The complicated staging, the disappearance of mechanical metronomes, and the never satisfactorily resolved problem of simultaneously activating the 100 metronomes are all so many obstacles to the performance of the work.
After hearing the piece, thirty-two years after its premiere, I decided to design an installation capable of playing it automatically. As a result, the Poème symphonique can now be performed accurately, at any time, and in public.
> See: Video from an ARTE broadcast of Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes
> See the Poème symphonique page on www.musiquecontemporaine.info