BMB: Portrait artist: Philip Sparke
Program of this concert:
Portrait of an artist
Free
Repertoire

PHILIP SPARKE:
Spirit of Andalusia (2017) 7 '
Moving Heaven and Earth Concert variations on an original theme by Gabriel Fauré (2012) 9 '
Three Washington Statues (2015) 8 '
Hymn at Twilight (2020) 8 '- World premiere
Symphony No. 2 “Savannah” (2012) 22 '

Philip Sparke, one of the world's leading band composers and conductors, is the focus of this season's Retrat d’Artista. The commissioned work Hymn at Twilight is, unarguably, one of the star attractions of the programme, in addition to Symphony No. 2, dedicated to Savannah, the US city in the state of Georgia that has fascinated the musician ever since he first visited it.

Three Washington Statues takes us on a visit to three statues, all located in the capital of the United States, in memory of three important historical figures. They are the statues of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Duke Ellington. Spirit of Andalusia is a short piece evocative of sounds typically associated with Spanish music, based on the rhythms of jotas and flamenco music, while Moving Heaven and Earth is a theme and four variations of the fragment "Quando coeli movendi sunt et terra" from Gabriel Fauré's Requiem.

Performers

Barcelona Symphony Band
Andrea Gasperin, conductor

BMB: Portrait artist: Philip Sparke
Program of this concert:
Portrait of an artist
Free

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