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).
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