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WORKS FOR STAGE

1- A Wintery Spring
(Dramatic lament in 3 scenes)
-Text (English & Arabic): Three texts by Gibran Khalil Gibran; edited and translated to Arabic by Saed Haddad
-Duration: 45 Min.
-Co-commission & Premiere: Opera Frankfurt & Ensemble Modern, 2018
-Year (original-version): 2015-16
-Instrumentation: Solo singers: high sop., alto/mezzo (pref. Arabic native), bar.
Vocal ensemble (SATB: 4 singers; prerecorded or off-stage)
Ensemble: fl(+ picc + a.fl + b.fl), ob (+ eng.hn), b.hn (+ cl in A + cl in Bb), Cb.cl (+ b.cl), bsn, hn, Eb tpt (+ flg.hn + Bb picc.tpt), b.tbn (+ tbn + a.tbn + euph + tba), 2 perc, hp, cel (+ pno + hpsd [amplified if necc.]), 2 vlns, vla, vc, dbass (with C string)
-N.B. With only 18 min. of singing (including the prerecorded choir) and 27 min. of pure music with an empty stage, the work -without any further musical adaptation- suits non-staged/concert performances or collaboration with choreography and/or media

2- BELOVED (Choreographic Cantata in 6 scenes)
-Libretto: Extracts from Sufi texts; edited by Saed Haddad
-Language: Arabic
-Choreography: Nanine Linning
-Duration: 20 Min.
-Commission & Premiere: MusicAeterna Chamber Orchestra & Choir, tba
-Year (original-version): 2018
-Instrumentation: Singers: solo tenor, Choir (SATB): 5-6 singers per section
Chamber orchestra: fl (+ picc + a.fl + b.fl), cl in A (+ b.hn + b.cl), Eb tpt (+ Bb picc.tpt), tbn (+ b.tbn), timp, 3 perc, hp, pno (+ cel), strings (6 [pref. 8], 5 [pref. 8], 5 [pref. 6], 4, 2 (with C string))

WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA

1- Alternative World-versions (for Piano & Orchestra)
-Duration: 8 min.
-Co-commission & Premiere: Morgenland Festival & Lucerne Sym. Orch., 2008
-Year (original-version): 2007
-Instrumentation: pno/ 2 fl (1st+picc), 2 ob, 2 b.cl, 2 bsn (2nd+cbsn), 4 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, timp, 3 perc, strings (pref. 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 (with C string))

2- Rebirth & Estrangements [Mundus Inversus] (for Orchestra)
-Duration: 2 min.
-Commission & Premiere: Heildelberg Phil. Orch., 2009
-Year (original-version): 2008-9
-Instrumentation: picc, fl, 2 ob, cl, b.cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, timp, 2 perc, hp, strings (12, 10, 8, 8, 4 (with C string))

3- Kontra-Gewalt (for Clarinet & large Orchestra)
-Duration: 12 min.
-Co-commission & Premiere: Donaueschingen Festival & Deutsche Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern & Kunstfreunde Wiesloch e.V., 2011
-Year (original-version): 2010
-Instrumentation: cl/ picc, 2 fl, 3 ob (2nd+eng.hn), 3 cl, 3 bsn, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba, timp, 3 perc, strings (14, 12, 10, 8, 6 (with C string))

4- Que la lumière soit (for Trumpet, Trombone, Vibraphone & Orchestra)
-Duration: 9 min.
-Co-commission & Premiere: Daniel Barenboim; West Eastern Diwan Orch. & Lucerne Festival, 2013
-Year (original-version): 2012-13
-Instrumentation: tpt, tbn, vib/ 2 fl, 2 ob (2nd+eng.hn), 2 cl, 2 bsn (2nd+cbsn), 4 hn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, 1 perc, hp, strings (12, 12, 8, 6, 4 (with C string))

5- Melancholie (for chromatic Harmonica & Orchestra)
-Duration: 13 min.
-Co-commission & Premiere: Donaueschingen Festival/SWR & Eduard Van Beinum Foundation - The Netherlands, 2019
-Year (original-version): 2017-18
-Instrumentation: chromatic harmonica (amplified)/ 2 fl (1st+picc; 2nd+a.fl + b.fl), 2 ob (2nd+eng.hn), cl in Bb (+ b.hn), cl in A (+ b.hn + b.cl), b.cl (+ b.hn + cb.cl) , 1 bsn, 4 hn, 1 tpt, 2 euph (+ 2 tbn), tba, timp, 1 perc, cel, strings (14, 12, 10, 8, 6 (with C string))
-N.B. When euphoniums are not available, there is an adaptation for trombones; the same for the contrabass clarinet using an additional contrabassoon instead

6- Different (for 19-tone Marimba & Orchestra)
-Duration: 12 Min.
-Commission & Premiere: tba
-Year (original-version): 2019-2020
-Instrumentation: 19-tone mar./ fl, a.fl (+ b.fl), 1 ob (+ eng.hn), b.hn (+ b.cl), b.cl, 1 bsn (+ cbsn), 4 hn (+ 4 Wr.tba), 1 C tpt, 2 tbn (2nd+b.tbn), tba, timp, 3 perc, strings (12, 10, 8, 6, 4 (with C string))

WORKS FOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

1- BELOVED (concert-version) (Cantata in 6 scenes)
-Libretto: Extracts from Sufi texts; edited by Saed Haddad
-Language: Arabic
-Duration: 20 Min.
-Commission & Premiere: MusicAeterna Chamber Orchestra & Choir, tba
-Year (original-version): 2018
-Instrumentation: Singers: solo tenor, choir (SATB): 5-6 singers per section
Chamber orchestra: fl (+ picc + a.fl + b.fl), cl in A (+ b.hn + b.cl), Eb tpt (+ Bb picc.tpt), tbn (+ b.tbn), timp, 3 perc, hp, pno (+ cel), strings (6 [pref. 8], 5 [pref. 8], 5 [pref. 6], 4, 2 (with C string))

WORKS FOR ENSEMBLE

1- L'éthique de la lumière
-Duration: 10 min.
-Commission & Premiere: Ensemble Modern, 2004
-Year (original-version): 2004
-Instrumentation: fl (+ picc), ob (+ eng.hn), cl, bsn (+ cbsn), hn, tpt, b.tbn, 2 perc, 2 vlns, vla, vc, dbass (with C string)

2- La Mémoire et l'Inconnu (Concerto for 'Ud (Arabic lute) & Ensemble)
-Duration: 10 min.
-Co-commission / Premiere: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group & SPNM- UK/ KammerensembleN, 2009
-Year (original-version): 2005
-Instrumentation: 'ud/ a.fl (+ picc), ob (+ eng.hn), cl (+ b.cl), cbsn, hn, tpt, tbn, 2 perc, hp, 2 vlns, vla, vc, dbass (with C string)

3- On Love I (for Qanun (Arabic zither) & Ensemble)
-Duration: 12 min.
-Commission / Premiere: Music in Middle East/ Nieuw Ensemble, 2005
-Year (original-version): 2005
-Instrumentation: qanun/ fl (+ picc + b.fl), ob, cl (+ b.cl), guitar, mandolin, pno, hp, 1 perc, vln, vla, vc, dbass (with C string)

4- On Love II (for Piano & Ensemble)
-Duration: 11 min.
-Premiere: KammerensembleN, 2009
-Year (original-version): 2006
-Instrumentation: pno/ fl (+ picc), ob (+ eng.hn), cl (+ b.cl), cbsn, hn, tpt, tbn, 2 perc, hp, 2 vlns, vla, vc, dbass (with C string)

5- The Sublime
-Duration: 13 min.
-Co-commission & Premiere: Donaueschingen Festival & Freunde des Ensemble Mordern, 2008
-Year (original-version): 2007
-Instrumentation: picc, cl (+ b.cl), b.cl, hn, tpt, tbn, 2 perc, cel, hpsd (+ pno), vln, vla, vc, dbass (with C string)

6- In Contradiction (for Ensemble & 2 soloistic Cellos)
-Duration: 13 min.
-Co-commission & Premiere: Kronberg Academy & Ensemble Modern, 2009
-Year (original-version): 2009
-Instrumentation: 2 vc/ picc (+ b.fl), ob (+ eng.hn), Eb cl (+ b.cl + cb.cl), bsn (+ cbsn), hn, Eb tpt (+ flg.hn), b.tbn, 1 perc, hp, cel, hpsd, 2 vln, vla, dbass (with C string)

7- Funérailles (for Concertino & Ensemble)
-Duration: 9 min.
-Commission & Premiere: Ensemble Modern (with generous support from Ulrich Fischer), 2010
-Year (original-version): 2009-10
-Instrumentation: Concertino: cl (+ cb.cl), vla, eng.hn, hn, dbass (with C string); Ensemble: picc, bsn, Eb tpt (+ Bb picc.tpt), C tpt (+ flg.hn), a.tbn, 2 perc, cel, hpsd (+ pno), 2 vln, 2 vc

8- Entre l'Émotion et la Raison (for 3 Singers & Ensemble)
-Text (English): Lord Byron & Gibran Khalil Gibran
-Co-commission / Premiere: French Ministry of Culture & support of Ministry of Culture - Niedersachsen/ Ensemble 2e2m, 2013
-Duration: 10 min.
-Year (original-version): 2012
-Instrumentation: high soprano, baritone, bass, eng hn, b.cl (+ cb.cl), cbsn, hn, b.tbn, 1 perc, hp, cel, vln, vla, vc, dbass (with C string)

9- A Wintery Spring (for 3 singers, prerecorded vocal ensemble & ensemble)
(Lament about the Arab Spring / concert-version)
-Texts: Gibran Khalil Gibran; edited and translated to Arabic by Saed Haddad
-Languages: English & Arabic
-Duration: 45 Min.
-Co-commission / Premiere: Opera Frankfurt & Ensemble Modern/ Köln Philharmonie, 2018
-Year (original-version): 2015-16
-Instrumentation: Solo singers: high sop., alto/mezzo (pref. Arabic native), bar.
Vocal ensemble (SATB: 4 singers; prerecorded or off-stage)
Ensemble: fl (+ picc + a.fl + b.fl), ob (+ eng.hn), b.hn (+ cl in A + cl in Bb), cb.cl (+ b.cl), bsn, hn, Eb tpt (+ flg.hn + Bb picc.tpt), b.tbn (+ tbn + a.tbn + euph + tba), 2 perc, hp, cel (+ pno + hpsd [amplified if necc.]), 2 vlns, vla, vc, dbass (with C string)

10- Sombre (for 13 musicians)
-Duration: 21 min.
-Commission & Premiere: Daniel Barenboim Foundation, Boulez Ensemble, 2020
-Year (original-version): 2019
-Instrumentation: eng.hn (+ heckl), bsn (+ cbsn), hn [always muted], tba [always muted], 3 perc, hp, 2 vlns, vla, vc, dbass (with C string)

11- Melancholie II (Version for chromatic Harmonica & Ensemble)
-Duration: 13 min.
-Co-commission & Premiere: Donaueschingen Festival & Eduard Van Beinum Foundation - The Netherlands / Premiere: tba
-Year (original-version): 2019
-Instrumentation: chromatic harmonica (amplified), fl (+ picc + b.fl), ob (+ eng.hn), cl in Bb (+ cb.cl), b.cl (+ cl in A + sop.sax), bsn, hn, C tpt, euph (+ tbn), tba, 1 perc, cel [could be dismissed when not available], 2 vlns, vla, vc, dbass (with C string)

12- A Winter Card
-Duration: 2 min.
-Written for the 40th anniversary of Ensemble Modern
-Premiere: Alte Oper- Frankfurt/ Ensemble Modern, 2020
-Year (original-version): 2019
-Instrumentation: a.fl, ob, b.cl, cbsn, hn, Bb tpt, tbn, 2 perc, pno, cel, 2 vlns, vla, 2 vc, dbass (with C string)

CHAMBER MUSIC

Solo

1- Les Deux Visages de l'Orient
-Duration: 16 min.
-Commission & Premiere: partially Ensemble Modern, 2006
-Year (original-version): 2006
-Instrumentation: vln

2- Études Mystérieuses (I-VII)
-Duration: 11 min.
-Premiere: Festival PARKMUSIK Neue Ho(e)rizonte/ Noriko Kawai, 2010
-Year (original-version): 2007
-Instrumentation: pno

3- In Memoriam Escher (1)
-Duration: 4 min.
-Year (original-version): 2011
-Not available for performance
-Instrumentation: a.fl

4- In Memoriam Escher (2)
-Duration: 2 min.
-Commission: Deutsche Ensemble Akademie e.V.
-Year (original-version): 2011
-Not available for performance
-Instrumentation: fr.hn (a version for bass clarinet also exists)

5- In Memoriam Escher (3)
-Duration: 2 min.
-Year (original-version): 2011
-Not available for performance
-Instrumentation: eng.hn

6- In Memoriam Escher (4)
-Duration: 2 min.
-Commission & Premiere: Volker Hemken, 2012
-Year (original-version): 2011-12
-Instrumentation: b.cl

7- FeMale
-Text (Arabic): Sufi Rabi'a Al-'Adawiya
-Year (original-version): 2014
-Duration: 6 min.
-Instrumentation: counter-tenor

8- Nuages funèbres
-Duration: 2 min.
-Commission & Premiere: Yael Weiss (for the 32 Bright Clouds Project), 2019
-Year (original-version): 2018
-Instrumentation: pno

9- Critiques & Ironies (8 short pieces)
-Duration: 10 min.
-Commission & Premiere: Köln Philharmonie / Benjamin Kobler (Ensemble Musikfabrik), 2020
-Year (original-version): 2019
-Instrumentation: pno

Duo

1- Quelques Essais sur 'je ne sais pas quoi'
-Duration: 10 min.
-Commission / Premiere: Eduard Van Beinum Stichting - The Netherlands/ Duo Amuse-Oreille, 2006
-Year (original-version): 2006
-Instrumentation: mandolin & guitar

2- Mémoires oubliées
-Duration: 9 min.
-Commission / Premiere: Kone Foundation - Finland / tba
-Year (original-version): 2018
-Instrumentation: vln & cimbalom

Trio

1- Le Contredésir
-Duration: 15 min.
-Premiere: Ensemble Modern, 2005
-Year (original-version): 2004-05
-Instrumentation: cl, hn, vc

Quartet

1- Mirage, Mémoire, Mystère
-Duration: 12 min.
-Co-commission & Premiere: GMEM & Ictus Ensemble & support of Ministry of Culture- Niedersachsen, 2013
-Year (original-version): 2011-12
-Instrumentation: string quartet

Quintet

1- Stabat Mater
-Text (Hebrew): Extracts from Lamentations & Song of Solomon - Old Testament
-Duration: 8 min.
-Commission & Premiere: Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, 2015
-Year (original-version): 2014-15
-Instrumentation: soprano, cl in A, vln, vla, vc

Sextet

1- ...Kein Anfang. Kein Ende...
-Text (German): Paul Celan & Mahmoud Darwish.
-Duration: 6 min.
-Commission / Premiere: ha'atelier für Kunst u. Philosophie/ Ensemble Courage, 2009
-Year (original-version): 2008
-Instrumentation: alto (singer), a.fl (+ picc), hn, 1 perc, vla, dbass (with C string)

Septet

1- Love Requiem
-Text (Latin): an adaptation of the 'Requiem'
-Duration: 10 min.
-Commission & Premiere: Neue Vocalsolisten, 2010
-Year (original-version): 2008
-Instrumentation: high soprano, mezzo-soprano (or lyrical soprano), alto (or mezzo-soprano), counter-tenor [off-stage or prerecorded], tenor, baritone, bass

10-12 Musicians

1- On Vulgarity & Transcendence
-Duration: 6 min.
-Commission & Premiere: Ensemble C Barré, 2012
-Year (original-version): 2012
-Instrumentation: b.cl (+ cb.cl), a.sax (+ sop.sax), picc.tpt, mandoline (+ banjo), guitar (+ electric guitar), hp, 1 perc, bayan/accordion, vc, dbass (with C string)

2- On Silence
-Text (English): Quotations from philosophers, scientists and poets
-Duration: 13 min.
-Co-commission / Premiere: The Koussevitzky Foundation - Library of Congress & French Ministry of Culture / Ensemble C Barré, 2015
-Year (original-version): 2014
-Instrumentation: basso profondo, 2 sax (+ sop. + ten. + bar. + bass), cbsn (+ electric bsn), tpt (+ Bb picc.tpt + flg.hn), guitar, hp, steel drums [2 players], bayan/accordion, dbass (with C string)

3- Divertimento babelico
-Text (latin + other languages)
-Duration: 20 min.
-Co-commission / Premiere: Festival Format Raisins (supported by Le Prix of the Foundation Coupleux Lassalle) & Ensemble Musica Nova (funded by The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation) & French Ministry of Culture / Ensemble Musica Nova, 2016
-Year (original-version): 2015
-Instrumentation: 2 canti (or soprano & mezzo), 2 alti (or 2 tenors), 2 tenori (or 2 baritones), 2 bassi, Arabic traditional singer, Qanun (or any other instrument of similar timbre and technical possibilities)

ARRANGEMENTS

1- Um Kulthum's Inta Omri (The Musical Introduction)
-Composer: Mohammed Abdel-Wahab
-Duration: 5 min.
-Commission & Premiere: tba
-Year (original-version): 2020
-Instrumentation: fl, ob, cl in Bb, bsn, 2 hn, C tpt, timp, 3 perc, hp, cel, strings [pref. 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 (with C string)]

DISCOGRAPHY

Les Deux Visages de l'Orient/ Etudes Mystérieuses/ Le Contredésir/ The Sublime/ On love I/ On love II
Ensemble Modern / Nina Janssen: clarinet / Saar Berger: horn / Michael M. Kasper: violoncello / Bassem Alkhouri: qanun / Hermann Kretzschmar: piano / Ulrike Stortz: violin / Noriko Kawai: piano / Franck Ollu: conductor/ Martyn Brabbins: conductor
WERGO WER 65782

Quelques Essais sur «je ne sais pas quoi»
Duo Amuse-Oreille
Private Label: http://www.niteq.nl/amoreille

Kontra-Gewalt
Donaueschingen Musiktage 11: SWR Orchestra Baden Baden und Freiburg, cl. Nina Janssen, dir. Francois-Xavier Roth
NEOS 11214-16

The Sublime
Donaueschingen Musiktage 08: Ensemble Modern, dir. Franck Ollu
NEOS 10942

Les Deux Visages de l'Orient [5th fragment only]
Edition Zeitgenössische Musik - Collection 6: Ulrike Stortz
WER 65912

L'éthique de la lumière (original version)
Ensemble Modern
EMCD- 021

Que la lumière soit (DVD)
West Eastern Divan Orchestra/ cond. Daniel Barenboim, Lucerne Festival 2013
Unitel classica, Cat. No.: A955500010000

A Winter Card
tba:

BOOKS

Saed Haddad: Entre les milieux
Edition: Ensemble 2e2m- Collection: A la ligne, 2013
Languages: French & English
ISBN: 978-2-913734-09-8
www.ensemble2e2m.com

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