Psychokosmos

for cimbalom and orchestra

Commissioned by SDR Stuttgart

Description

First performance : February 1994 Stuttgart
Süddeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Marta Fabian, cimbalom

 

“How beautiful that time was! I was seventeen years old, and Gagarin took off: the world was suddenly unlimited. Inspired by the big bang theory, in 1961 I wrote a piano piece that had the title Kosmos. It was a glance into the endlessness around us. Thirty two years later a backward glance: a glance inward, into the particular psycho cosmos of the time.”
/Peter Eötvös/

 

Performances

13 Nov, 2014
Innsbruck, Austria

Eötvös: Psychokosmos

Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck
conductor: Francesco Angelico,
cimbalom: Luigi Gaggero

14 May, 2011
London, UK

Eötvös portrait concert

BBC London

Paris-Dakar
Octet Plus
Derwischtanz
Sonata per sei
Psalm 151
Guildhall Ensemble, cond. Richard Baker

zeroPoints
Psychokosmos (Miklos Lukács, cimbalom)
Levitation (Richard Hosford, John Bradbury clarinets)
IMA (BBCSC + BBC Singers)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Peter Eötvös

Films:
"The Seventh Door" - portrait film
"Three sisters" - opera film

Barbican Center

28 Sep, 2008
Milano, Italy

Eötvös: Psychokosmos

Cond: Christian Egger
Luigi Gaggero, cimbalom

La Scala

16 Feb, 2007
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Psychokosmos

Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

Cond: Markus Poschner
Luigi Gaggero, cimbalom

12 Feb, 2006
Basel, Switzerland

Eötvös: Psychokosmos

Composer in residence series

Debussy: La Mer
Eötvös: Psychokosmos
Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Conservatoire Orchestra

1 Jul, 2005
Dortmund, Germany

Eötvös: Psychokosmos

Eötvös: Psychokosmos (Gaggero)
Boulez: Le visage nuptial
Berlioz: Harold in Italie op. 16

Cond: Peter Eötvös
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

25 Feb, 2005
Hamburg, Germany

Eötvös: Two Monologues, Psychokosmos

Eötvös: Psychokosmos
Furrer: Dort ist das Meer
Eötvös: Two monologues
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

Cond: Péter Eötvös
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester und Chor

18 Apr, 1998
Paris, France

Eötvös: Atlantis, Psychokosmos, Drei Madrigalkomödien

Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran, Radio Childrenchoir

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

31 Jan, 1997
Göteborg, Sweden

Eötvös: Psychokosmos

Ligeti: Klavierkonzert
Kurtág: ... quasi una fantasia...
Bartók op.12

Cond: Peter Eötvös

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

30 Jan, 1997
Göteborg, Sweden

Eötvös: Psychokosmos

Ligeti: Klavierkonzert
Kurtág: ... quasi una fantasia...
Bartók op.12

Cond: Peter Eötvös

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

15 Feb, 1994
Stuttgart, Germany

Eötvös: Psychokosmos

Süddeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra
First performance
Marta Fábian - cymbalon
cond.: Peter Eötvös

Details

Genre:
Duration:
16 minutes
Date:
1993

Publisher information

Edition Ricordi München – performing material on hire (Sy 3216)
https://www.ricordi.com/en-US/Catalogue.aspx/details/441394

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Psychokosmos
Concerto
16'33303 4441 501 161412108epf,​cel,​cymb,​ timpamp

for cimbalom solo and traditional orchestra: 3.3.3.3./4.4.4.1./timpani, 4 perc./el. piano/harp/cel.
strings: 16-14-12-10-8

Further information

“Wie schön war die Zeit damals! Ich war 17 Jahre alt, und Gagarin flog hinaus: die Welt war unbegrenzt nach außen. Von der Big-bang-Theorie begeistert schrieb ich 1961 ein Klavierstück, das den Titel “Kosmos” trug. Es war ein Blick in die Unendlichkeit um uns herum. 32 Jahre später ein Rückblick: ein Blick in das Innere, in den eigenen Psycho-Kosmos von damals.”
/Peter Eötvös/

 

Psychokosmos, written in 1993 (when does Eötvös find the time to write these long scores with all his work as conductor?), had to be repeated because of the continuous applause – this doesn’t often happen with contemporary music…

/Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – 1994/

Sound

Recordings

Audio

Part 1/2 – Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, Berlin – 2007

Part 2/2 – Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, Berlin – 2007