Et la vie l’emporta
Cantate de chamber pour voix d’alto, baryton, petit ensemble vocal et instrumental | ‘And life prevailed’ – chamber cantata for alto, baritone, chamber choir and chamber ensemble

Year of composition




Scored for

Alto, baritone, chamber choir and chamber ensemble: 2 2 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 - harp - harpsichord - positive organ - strings (6 6 4 4 2)
I. Imploration - II. Combat - III. Offrande
Dedication: ‘dédié à ZYMA S.A. (Nyon) à l’occasion de son 75ème anniversaire’

Publication information

Score and piano reduction at Universal Edition (UE16611/UE16640)


I. Imploration: from ‘La Complainte du Malade’ by Maurice Zundel (1897-1975)
II. Combat: 4th stanza of ‘Christ lag in Todes Banden’ translated by Martin Luther (1483-1546)
III. Offrande: translation of a letter mistakenly attributed to the painter Fra Angelico (c.1395-1455)


World premiere: (at invitation only) Montreux, 12 June 1975. Claudine Perret, mezzo-soprano; Philippe Huttenlocher, baritone; Michel Corboz, conductor
First public performance: Lucerne, 24 August 1975. International Music festival. Michel Corboz, conductor

Recordings (selective list)

  • ‘Frank Martin (1890-1974): Choral Works’
    Netherlands Chamber Choir
    Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
    Kathrin Pfeiffer, alto
    Kees-Jan de Koning, baritone
    Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor
    Q Disc Q97056 ℗ + © 2002 (FMS031)

  • Soloists of the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne
    Ensemble Instrumental de Lausanne
    Michel Corboz, conductor
    Claudine Perret, mezzo-soprano
    Philippe Huttenlocher, baritone
    Catherine Eisenhoffer, harp
    Christiane Jaccottet, harpsichord
    Philippe Corboz, organ
    CASCAVELLE VEL 1014 ℗ + © 1991 (FMS159)

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