Roger Marsh Composer

Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire (2001/2)

Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire – 50 Rondels Bergamasques, is a setting of all 50 of Giraud’s poems in their original order, for various groupings of voices and some instruments.  Part One was composed for the 2001 Hilliard Ensemble summer school in Germany, and first performed in Schloss Engers in August 2001.  Part Two was composed during the following year, and the complete work was given by students at the University of York in November 2002.  A further full performance was mounted in Aarhus, Denmark in 2006.


In 2006 Jez Wells and I produced a recording of the piece for NMC (NMC D127). We recorded in the National Centre for Early Music in York, with the Ebor Singers, Hilliard Ensemble, Linda Hirst, Red Byrd, Juice Trio and Joe Marsh (narrator).


Listen (excerpts)


Here are two articles about the genesis and composition of the piece:

Pierrot Lunaire: re-discovering Albert Giraud

Pierrot Lunaire: Voicing Albert Giraud