Circles of Grief is written for récitant, voice, clarinette solo, percussion, and
string orchestra. First performance by the L'école de Musique de Laon, L'Orchestra
Symphonique du Conservatoire de Laon, dir. Michel Pozmanter, chorus dir. Eric Munch.
Circles of Grief
Music by Pierre Thilloy, text by Allen J. Frantzen.
was given its official premiere November 11, 2005, in Craonne, France, the site of some
of the most devastating fighting during the Great War.
For pictures from the
performance, click here.
For some of the texts click the program
image to the left.
Craonne is located on the Chemin des dames, an east-west line south of Laon that formed one of
Germany's strongest lines of defense once the war was underway (Laon was the German regional
headquarters for much of the war). See below for greater detail.