Tombeau is composed for the memory of Chinese American composer and educator Chou Wen-chung, who passed away on October 25th, 2019, at the age of 96. As one of the most important pupils of Edgard Varese, some of Chou’s early compositions are significantly influenced by French music. The title “Tombeau” derives from the French word “tomb” or “tombstone”, and it commemorates the death of a notable individual as a musical composition. To achieve the idea of memory, three historical pieces are quoted: Cursive (1964) by Chou Wen-chung, Tombeau sur la mort de M.Canjetan Baron d’Hartig arrive (1719) and Tombeau sur la mort de M. Comte d’ Logy (1721) by German composer and Lutenist Sylvius Leopold Weiss.

Sample Score of TOMBEAU