Orchestral and ensemble works 2003

Five Messages for the Queen of Saba

(Fünf Botschaften für die Königin von Saba)

Commissioned by Radio France

Year of composition 2003
Duration circa 15 minutes

à René Koering affectueusement

World premiere

World premiere February 3rd, 2005

Paris · Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Orchestre National de France
Conductor Kurt Masur

Instrumentation

3 Flutes1° and 2°  doubling Piccolo
3° doubling Piccolo and Alto Flute
Oboe
Oboe d’amore
Cor Anglais
Soprano Saxophonedoubling Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
3 Bassoons3° doubling Contrabassoon
4 Horns in F
3 Trumpets in C
3 Trombones
Percussion(3 players)
IMarimba
Vibraphone (also used by Percussion II)
Matraca (bass)
2 Gongs
Castanets (Alto), fixed
Bongo drum
5 Mokusho (very high Japanese rectangular woodblock    struck with wooden sticks)
3 small Chinese Hand Cymbals (very small Chionese Gongs    with upward glissando) soprano, Alto, tenor
Log Drum
IIVibraphone (also used by percussion I)
Tambourine
Snare Drum
Bass Drum with Cymbals
2 suspended Cymbals (small, large)
Temple Blocks
Tubular Bells
Tam-tam (low)

    Mallets
    Felt
    Leatherr
    Felt-leather
    Wood
    Cork
    Brush

III

Timpani
Glockenspiel
Matracas (soprano, bass)
Tam-tam (low)
Snare Drum
2 Gliss-Gongs (Peking)
Hyoshigi (Pair of Japanese rectangular hardwood clappers)
Flexatone
Gong (large)
Castanets (soprano), fixed
Suspended Cymbal (large)
Sistrum
Guiro
2 Tom-toms

Harp
Celesta (doubling Piano)
Piano (4 hands)
Strings