Vox Balaenae

Année de composition
20 minutes
Three masked instrumentalists : amplified flute, cello and piano

As the name of the work indicates, Vox Balaenae is inspired by whale songs. In the late 1960s, George Crumb heard a recording prepared by an oceanographer of the sounds emitted by the humpback whale… In 1971, Crumb drew his inspiration from these sounds.

Although the piece has 8 movements, they are structurally grouped into three parts: the first movement”…for the beginning of time”, 5 variations named after geological periods, and the last movement”…for the end of time”.

During this performance, musicians are asked to wear black half masks. It is also strongly recommended, as far as possible, that the performance be carried out under blue light.


Vocalise (… for the beginning of time)

Variations on Sea-Time

Sea Theme
Archeozoic [var. I]
Proterozoic [var. II]
Paleozoic [var. III]
Mesozoic [var. IV]
Cenozoic [var. V]

Sea-Nocturne (… for the end of time)

Création mondiale
March 17th, 1972 | Library of Congress | Washington, D.C., United States
Peters – P66466

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