First page of the manuscript of Un Jeu de Tarot

Un Jeu de Tarot (1997)

This piece takes as its subject the traditional Tarot deck, and in particular the ancient gambling game using the cards. Through five movements, the Fool travels through the Swords, Cups, Staves and Pentacles (the suits of the Tarot deck) and finally completes his playful journey alone.

The piece was commissioned by the BBC as part of Music Live 97, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the summer of 1997.

Premiere

Players from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Summer 1997.

Duration

12 minutes

Instrumentation

oboe, viola, trombone, harp, percussion