Nunes, Emmanuel

Stage works
Orchestra works
Ensemble works
Chamber music
Vocal music
Solo works



STAGE WORKS

La Douce (Die Sanfte) • [2008-09]  
Music theatre for two actors, two singers, chamber ensemble and live electronics
Libretto (in German and French) by Emmanuel Nunes after the story „La Douce“ by Fjodor Dostojewski 
S (La douce I). Ct (Le mari I). 2 Sch (La douce II, Le mari II).
2 (Picc, AFl, BFl, KbFl). 1 (Ob d’am). 2 BCl (A-Cl, KbCl). 0. / 0. 0. 0. 0. Euph. / Pno (präp) (MIDI-Keyb). 2 MIDI-Keyb. 3 Perc. / 3. 0. 2. 2. 1. / Live-El.
Live electronics: IRCAM Paris
World Premiere: 22.9.2009, Porto
Duration: ca. 120’
Sy. 3935 // *Score / Vx. / Live-El.

Das Märchen (Le Conte, dit du Serpent Vert) •
[2002-2007]  
Opera in one prologue and two acts  
for eight solo voices, five actors, dancers, mixed choir, large orchestra, MIDI keyboard and live electronics
Libretto by Emmanuel Nunes after J.W.v.Goethe: Das Märchen
lyrischer S (Lilie). S (the snake). A (the old one). Ct (1. Irrlicht, the old one, 4. king). T (the prince, 2. Irrlicht, 2. king). B (the man, the ferryman). Minor parts: T. B. / 5 Sch / Dancers
Choir SATB (6. 6. 6. 6.) / 4 (4 Picc. 4 AFl). 4 (2 Eng.Hn). 4 (Cl in Es. Cl in A. 2 BCl). KbCl (BCl). 2 (CBn). 2 CBn. / 6. 3. Picctr. 3. BTbn. 0. Euph. / 2 Hp. 6 Perc. MIDI-Keyb. / 9. 6. 9. 7. 9. / Live-El.
Live-electronic: IRCAM Paris
World Premiere: 25.1.2008, Lisbon
Duration: ca. 3h30m
Sy. 3290 // Score / Vx. / Choir-P. / Live-El.



ORCHESTRA WORKS

Mort et vie de la mort (Des Todes Tod und Leben) • [2008]
for large orchestra
I. Le désir / The Desire; II. La parole / The Word; III. La mort / The Death 
4 (4 Picc. 4 AFl). 4 (2 Eng.Hn). 4 (2 BCl). BCl (KbCl). 2 (CBn). 2 CBn. / 6. 3. Picctr. 3. BTbn. 0. Euph. / 2 Hp. / 6 Perc. / 15. 12. 9. 11. 9.
World Premiere: 19.10.2008, Donaueschingen
Duration: 50’
Sy. 3926 // *Score / Vx.

Musivus • [1998/2000-2001]
for orchestra in four groups 
3 (3 Picc). 3 (Eng.Hn). 2. 2 BCl. 2 (CBn). CBn. / 4. 2. Picctr. 2. 2 BTbn. 1. / 4-8 Perc. Pno (Glsp). 2 Hp. / 12. 12. 10. 10. 8.
World Premiere: 31.3.2001, Cologne
Duration: 40’
Sy. 3401 // *Score / Vx.

Chessed IV • [1992/94]
for string quartet and orchestra
2 Vl. Vla. Vc.
2 (2 Picc). 2 (2 Eng.Hn). 1. BCl. 1. CBn. / 4. 1. Picctr. 2. 1. / 12. 10. 10. 8. 8.
World Premiere: 27.11.1994, Paris
Duration: 21’
Sy. 3125 // Score / Vx.

Machina Mundi • [1991-92]
for four solo instruments, mixed choir, orchestra and audio tape 
Luis de Camões (Os Lusíadas), Fernando Pessoa (Mensagem)
Fl (KbFl, Obfl). Cl (KbCl). Tb. Perc.
Choir SATB / 2 (2 Picc). 2 (Eng.Hn). 2 (BCl). 2 (CBn). / 2. 2. 2. 1. / 3 Perc. / 12. 12. 8. 8. 4.
World Premiere: 17.11.1992, Paris
Duration: 67’
Sy. 3124 // Score / Vx. / Choir-P. / Carr.

Quodlibet • [1990-91]
for percussion sextet, instrumental ensemble and orchestra with seven soloists and two conductors 
6 Perc.
Ensemble: 2. 2. 2. BCl. 0. / 2. 2. 2. 1. / 3 Vl. 2 Vla. 2 Vc.
7 Soli: 2 Perc. 2 DB. Hp. Cel. CBn. (preferably from the ensemble)
Orchestra: 2 (Picc). 1. Eng.Hn. 1. BCl. 0. / 2. 2. 2. Btb. / 8. 8. 6. 6. 4.
World Premiere: 11.5.1991, Lisbon
Duration: 57’
Sy. 3107 // Score / Vx.

Nachtmusik II • [1981/2000]
for orchestra
4 (4 Picc). 4 (1 Eng.Hn). 1. Cl in Es. BCl. KbCl. 2. 2 CBn. / 4. 3. Picctr. 4. 1. / 5 Perc. / 12. 10. 12. 12. 10.
World Premiere: 17.10.2003, Donaueschingen
Duration: 26’
Sy. 3056 // *Score / Vx.

Chessed II • [1980]
for 16 instruments in four groups (see Chessed I) and orchestra
4 Vl. / 4 Cl (Es, B, BCl, KbCl). / 2 Fl (2 Picc). 2 Vla. / Vc. 3 D.B. (5-string).
0. 3. 0. 1. 2 CBn. / 4. 2. Picctr. 2. BTbn. 0. / 10. 10. 8. 8. 0.
Material on request
World Premiere: 1980, Munich
Duration: 25’
Sy. 3159 // Score / Vx.

Tif’ereth • [1978/85]
for six solo instruments and six orchestra groups with two conductors 
Vl. Ob. Tbn. Hr. Perc. DB.
4 (4 Picc). 4 (2 Eng.Hn). 4 (B/Es, B, BCl, BCl/KbCl). 2. 2 CBn. / 6. 4. 4. 2. / 6 Perc. Cel (Glsp). / 14. 10. 10. 10. 10.
World Premiere: 8.12.1985, Paris
Duration: 75’
Sy. 3022 // Score / Vx.


ENSEMBLE WORKS (6 instruments and more)

Peter Kien – Eine akustische Maske • [2011-12]
for chamber ensemble and live-electronic
I. Einsichten; II. An die Bücher; III. Erstarrung; IV. Irrfahrt
after Elias Canetti „Die Blendung“
1 (Picc, BFl). 0. 1 (BCl). BCl (KbCl). Barsax. 1 (CBn). / 0. 0. 0. 0. / Hp. Perc. 2 MIDI-Keyb. / 3. 0. 1. 2. 1. / Live-El.
World Premiere: 29.4.2012, Witten
Duration: 25’
Sy. 4183 // Score / Vx. / Live-El.

Lichtung III • [2007]
for ensemble with live-electronic
2 (Picc. AFl). 0. 2. BCl (KbCl). 0. CBn. / Hr. Tr (Picctr). Aps. Euph. / 2 Hp. 4 Perc. / 2 Vl. 2 Vla. 2 Vc. 1 DB. / Live-El. 
live-electronic: IRCAM Paris
World Premiere: 15.6.2007, Paris
Duration: 23’
Sy. 3787 // *Score / Vx. / Live-El.

Épures du Serpent Vert IV • [2007]
for large ensemble
3 (3 Picc, 3 AFl). 1. Eng.Hn. 1. BCl. KbCl. 2 (CBn). CBn. / 2. 1. Picctr. 2. 0. Euph. / 2 Hp. / 3. 0. 3. 3. 3.
World Premiere: 7.10.2007, Lisbon
Duration: 28’
Sy. 3806 // *Score / Vx.

Épures du Serpent Vert II • [2005-06]
for large ensemble
3 (3 Picc, 3 AFl). 1. Eng.Hn. 1. BCl. KbCl. 2. CBn. / 2. 1. Picctr. 2. 0. Euph. / 2 Hp. / 3. 0. 3. 3. 3.
World Premiere: 18.2.2006, Lisbon
Duration: 30’
Sy. 3805 // *Score / Vx.

Improvisation I – Für ein Monodram • [2002-2005]
for nine instrumentalists
Fl (Picc, BFl). Ob (Ob d’am). Cl (in A, BCl, KbCl). Euph. Pno (präp.). Perc. Vl. Vla. Vc. / all instr. with extras (Perc).
World Premiere: 19.8.2005, Salzburg
Duration: 25’
Sy. 3554 // *Score / Vx.

Épures du Serpent Vert I • [2002-04]
for large ensemble
3 (3 Picc, 3 AFl). 1. Eng.Hn. 2. BCl. 2. CBn. / 2. 1. Picctr.  2. 0. Euph. / 2 Hp. / 3. 0. 3. 3. 3.
World Premiere: 14.12.2004, Porto
Duration: 33’
Sy. 3804 // Score / Vx.

Omnia mutantur, nihil interit • [1996]
for women’s choir and ensemble 
Ovid (Metamorphoses, 15th book)
Choir 10 S. 10 A. / Fl (AFl). Cl (in A, BCl, KbCl). Cl (in B). Tr (in D, Picctr). Ps (BTbn). Euph (Tb). 6 Perc. 2 Hp. Vl. Vla.
World Premiere: 18.10.1996, Paris
Duration: 43’
Sy. 3289 // *Score / Vx. / Choir-P.

Lichtung II • [1995-96/99]
for chamber ensemble and live-electronic
2 Cl. BCl. / Hr. Aps. Euph. / 4 Perc. Hp. / Vl. Vla. Vc. DB. / Live-El.
Live-electronic: IRCAM Paris
World Premiere: 16.6.2000, Paris
Duration: 31’
Sy. 3222 // *Score / Vx. / Live-El.

Lichtung I • [1988-91]
for chamber ensemble and live-electronic
Cl (BCl). Hr. Tbn Euph. 4 Perc. Vc. / Live-El.
Live-electronic: IRCAM Paris
World Premiere: 13.2.1992, Paris
Duration: 24’
Sy. 3126 // *Score / Vx. / Live-El.

Duktus • [1987]
for ensemble
1 (Picc). AFl. 2. 2. BCl. 0. CBn. / 1. 1. 1. 1. / 4 Perc. / 2. 0. 2. 2. 1.
World Premiere: 17.7.1987, Saint Paul de Vence
Duration: 25’
Sy. 3026 // *Score / Vx.

Wandlungen • [1986]
five passacaglias for 25 instruments and live-electronic (ad lib.)
1 (Picc). AFl (Picc). 1. Eng.Hn. 2. BCl. 1. / 1. 1. 1. 0. / 3 Perc. Glsp. Cel. Hp. / 3. 0. 2. 2. 1. / Live-El (ad lib).
Live-electronic: IRCAM Paris
World Premiere: 18.10.1986, Donaueschingen
Duration: 31’
Sy. 3025 // *Score / Vx. / Live-El.

Musik der Frühe • [1980/86]
for ensemble
1 (Picc). 1. 1. BCl. 0. CBn. / 1. 1. 4 (Aps. 2 Tbps. BTbn). 0. / 2. 0. 2. 2. 1.
World Premiere: 26.4.1987, Frankfurt
Duration: 41’
Sy. 3029 // *Score / Vx.

Chessed I • [1979/2005]
for 16 instruments in four groups  
4 Vl. / 4 Cl (Es, B, BCl, KbCl). / 2 Fl (2 Picc). 2 Vla. / Vc. 3 D.B. (5-string).
World Premiere: 27.8.2005, Cologne
Duration: 25’
Sy. 3149 // *Score / Vx.



CHAMBER MUSIC

Improvisation IV – L’électricité de la pensée humaine • [2008-09]
for string quartet 
2 Vl. Vla. Vc.
World Premiere: 26.8.2009, San Sébastián
Duration: 13’
Sy. 3933 // *Score / *Vx.

La main noire • [2006-07]
for three violas
3 Vla.
World Premiere: 29.9.2007, Strasbourg
Duration: 9’
Sy. 3758 // *Score / *Vx.

Rubato, Registres et Résonances • [1991]
for violin, clarinet/bass clarinet and flute/octobass flute 
Vl. Cl (BCl). Fl (OctobFl). 
World Premiere: 13.3.1991, Santiago de Compostela
Duration: 17’
Sy. 3849 // *Score

Chessed III • [1990-91]
for string quartet 
2 Vl. Vla. Vc.
World Premiere: 8.6.1992, Lisbon
Duration: 13’
Sy. 3871 // *Score

Clivages I/II • [1987-88]
for six percussionists
6 Perc.
World Premiere: 1988, Turin
Duration: 35’
Sy. 3037 // *Score

Versus III • [1987/90]
for flute in G and viola
AFl. Vla.
World Premiere: 19.11.1991, Brussels
Duration: 14’
Sy. 3848 // *Score

Sonata a tre • [1986]
Passacaglia 3 from „Wandlungen“ for violin, viola and violoncello
Vl. Vla. Vc.
World Premiere: 5.4.1987, Helsinki
Duration: 4’
Sy. 3087 // *Score / *Vx.

Versus II • [1985/95]
for euphonium and violoncello
Euph. Vc.
World Premiere: Mai 1995, Lisbon
Duration: 14’
Sy. 3847 // *Score



VOCAL MUSIC

Vislumbre • [1981/86]
for mixed choir a cappella
Mário de Sá-Carneiro
Choir SATB
World Premiere: 8.5.1986, Lisbon
Duration: 17’
Sy. 3023 // Choir-P. / *Stud.-P.

Minnesang • [1975-76]
for twelve voices
Jakob Böhme
Choir SATB (3. 3. 3. 3.)
World Premiere: 1981, Paris
Duration: 23’
Sy. 3057 // *Score / *Choir-P.



SOLO WORKS

Improvisation II – Portrait • [2002]
for viola solo
2 Vla (1 Sp).
World Premiere: 9.5.2003, Witten
Duration: 22’
Sy. 3873 // *Score

Aura • [1983/89]
for flute
Fl.
World Premiere: 13.3.1991, Santiago de Compostela
Duration: 18’
Sy. 3024 // *Score

*31 Aug 1941 Lisbon / Portugal, † 2 Sep 2012 Paris / France

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