for cimbalom and orchestra

Commissioned by SDR Stuttgart


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/



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

Octet Plus
Sonata per sei
Psalm 151
Guildhall Ensemble, cond. Richard Baker

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

"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

15 Feb, 1994
Stuttgart, Germany

Eötvös: Psychokosmos

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


16 minutes

Publisher information

Edition Ricordi München – performing material on hire (Sy 3216)


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

for cimbalom solo and traditional orchestra:, 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/




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

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