(Paysages – études) IV


Study for seven instruments after Maurice Maeterlinck (ca.6′) (2011)

Commissioned by Spectra Ensemble

In autumn 2010, I wrote (Paysages-études) I for violoncello and piano as a sort of sketchbook for my music theatre piece Les aveugles, after Maurice Maeterlinck (2010/2011). I developed more little sketches and snatches, musical gestures which were developed further in the Maeterlinck chamber opera, but which could also be elaborated and/or combined in a different way.

As its sister-piece, (Paysages-études) V for flute, cello and piano, (Paysages – études) IV is a short composition which starts scherzando, and slowly turns into a different atmosphere. Some ideas of Les aveugles are clearly present, others are combined with new fragments and sections.


bass flute, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, viola, violoncello

First performance:

08-11-2011, Fundación Carlos de Amberes (Madrid), Spectra ensemble, Filip Rathé (conductor).


Score available on request

recording: Spectra Ensemble conducted by Filip Rathé