Commissioned by the BBC and VARA Radio 4, Netherlands. Dedicated to Gidon Kremer
The reduced score (CH61077-01) is in fact the arrangement for two pianos. It requires two grand pianos with sostenuto pedal. It may be used for rehearsal of both full orchestra and chamber versions. The solo violin part is supplied separately (CH61222-01).Graal Théâtre (Not a Knight) is a version with text of the violin concerto Graal Théâtre. Only minor musical changes have been made to the score of the concerto to accommodate the presence of an actor speaking the text, which was written by Aleksi Barrière to the existing music.
The initial source of inspiration for the piece is the playing and musicianship of Gidon Kremer, to whom the piece is dedicated.
When compared to my other music, Graal théâtre is the exception in a long row of pieces in which I combine acoustic instruments with some kind of electronic extensions. Unlike these earlier works my starting point here was the delicate violin sound and its interaction with an orchestra.
© Kaija Saariaho