Greeting Music (1978)

Claude Vivier

flute, oboe, percussion, piano and violin

About Greeting music, Claude Vivier wrote in the programme notes of the premiere given by the group Days Months and Years to come: “Greeting music is in fact a very sad piece. All five musicians should perform with no facial expressions whatsoever and limit their body movements to those strictly needed to perform the piece: they should somewhat behave like zombies. This piece is the expression of a hopeless world where nothing is to be done, or felt.” Greeting music was first performed in Vancouver on February 25, 1979, Patrick Wedd conducting.

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