Boris Blacher

(1903 - 1975)
Boris Blacher was one of the central figures in Berlin musical life after the 2nd World War. Blacher was significant as a composer of vivid stage and orchestral works and as a teacher. His music was noted for its colourful French-inspired instrumentation and its irreverence towards Austro-German tradition. Blacher experimented with 'variable metrics' in works like his Piano Concerto No.2, where serial procedures are applied to metrical units. His many stageworks are based on classic texts including ballets such as Hamlet, Lysistrata, Der Mohr von Venedig and Tristan. The Paganini Variations is a repertoire piece in German orchestral world and was recorded to great acclaim by Sir Georg Solti. Blacher's pupils included Klebe, Einem, Erbse, Burt, Reimann, Yun and Klaus Huber.

Boris Blacher Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

200,000 Taler

Timpani + 3 percussion + celeste
Xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, triangle, clash cymbals, snare drum, orchestral bass drum, tambourine, 3 tom toms, gong, celeste

Dance Scenes

Timpani + 4 percussion
Vibraphone, clash cymbals, tam tam, triangle, wood drum, orchestral bass drum, snare drum, tambour militaire


Timpani + 4 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, tambourine, snare drum, triangle

Piano Concerto No.2 (in variable Metres)

No Timpani + 4 percussion
Clash cymbals, triangle, snare drum, tambourine, orchestral bass drum

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