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  • Lila (1972)
    (Play Divine)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • fl, 2cl, 3perc, 2hp, 2pf, cel
  • 12 min

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LILA – PLAY DIVINE (1972). For 4 percussionists, 2 pianos, 2 harps, flute(s), 2 clarinets (including Eflat and bass clarinet).

LILA is a Sanskrit word for “playing with the elements”, and I chose it as the title of the chamber work I composed in 1972. Its rather cool and systematic play (with overtones and undertones of my socalled infinity sequences and a spectrum of The Golden Sections in the rhythms) is characteristic of the period just before I composed my Third Symphony (1973-75).

The work was given its first performance in Venice, in the Teatro La Fenice on 9th September 1972, alongside Maurizio Kagel´s “Anagramma”, from which Lila borrowed its instrumentation, since it was commissioned for a first performance by the Prisma Ensemble (along with the piece by Kagel), conducted Tamas Vetö, to whom it is dedicated, conducting.

The duration is 11-12 minutes.

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