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Fanfare chimérique

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Unsuk Chin

Unsuk Chin

Subtitle: For Two Ensembles of Wind and Brass with Electronics

General Info

Year: 2010-2011 / 2019
Duration: c. 14:00
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only - Free


Full Scores
Ensemble I:
Flute (doubling Alto Flute)
Oboe (doubling English Horn)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
Horn in F
C Trumpet

Ensemble II:
Flute (doubling Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet (doubling E-flat Soprano Clarinet)
Horn in F
C Trumpet



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Program Notes

Fanfare chimérique was written between 2010 and 2011. It was commissioned by IRCAM (Centre-Pompidou and the Ensemble Intercontemporain), which premiered the work on April 15, 2011, at the Centre-Pompidou in Paris, under Patrick Danvin. Unsuk Chin has later revised the work in 2019.

The electronic sampler should be spatialized through a set of 6 loudspeakers distributed on stage and behind the audience. All players should remain standing throughout the piece. The music has a duration of 14 minutes and it is available at Boosey and Hawkes on rental.

Unsuk Chin speaks about Fanfare chimérique in an interview prior to the premiere:

If Lewis Carroll understood what the child psyche suggests of an expanded dream world, it is precisely these small glimpses of onirism -- which are the realm of the imagination -- that I try to express through his music. Thus, the title of the piece, Fanfare chimérique, which evokes not only those fantastic creatures straight out of Greek mythology, which mix the bodies of different existing creatures, but also the ideas of illusion, utopia, or unattainable dreams.

However, my piece is not about Greek mythology or genetics. For me, music is an abstract art form. I chose this title, first of all, for its musical and sound qualities. Second, the allusions it carries are only relevant in terms of electronic processing -- especially in the parallels it suggests in terms of real-time sound processing.

Fanfare chimérique is my first piece for solo winds. And, also for the first time, I am composing for two identical ensembles -- which will be spatialized. This concept -- two ensembles confronting each other in space and real-time electronic processing -- has allowed me various games of mirroring, contrasts, and chiaroscuro…”

- Program Note from WASBE

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  • Ensemble intercontemporain (Paris, France) (Patrick Davin, conductor)] - 15 April 2011 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

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