©Paul Sacher Foundation and Universal Edition, 2010.
The facsimile edition is a donation from the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland. The Senate House Library would like to acknowledge the generosity of the Foundation and extend its thanks to it and the Curator of Music Manuscripts, Robert Piencikowski. This edition contains a wealth of reproductions of the preparatory sketches used in the composition of Tombeau. The formal plans include the initial sketches of the chord multiplications used in Le Marteau sans maître (1952-55), a verbal sketch of the plan of Tombeau, plans on the measure and bar groupings, layouts of the scales of dynamics which is colour coded, a plan for the layout of durational fields on graph paper and a plan for the synchronisation of instrumental groups. After the preparatory reproductions there is a facsimile of the manuscript in pencil followed by another one in polychrome Indian ink and then recastings of various extracts by Boulez.
Other preparatory sketches include one on the instrumental doublings and one on the spatial combinations to be used. These spatial distributions are manifested in the vertical density of sound in Tombeau as the lines rip through the instrumental groupings and permutations. The latter plan indicates an interesting corollary back to Boulez’s interest in the formal aspect of Debussy’s Jeux. Just as Debussy was interested in a new way of listening at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, Boulez with his own take, is challenging the listener of the 21st century in a new manner.