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Overture: St. Francis of Assisi

Overture: St. Francis of Assisi

for orchestra


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description

This is the overture to an opera I planned to write twenty-five years ago, and will probably never complete. In 1988 I wrote a Trumpet Concerto for John Wallace, in which the soloist represented the voice of the Saint - and I outlined several scenes in the work, including the famous sermon to the birds. However, I thought it hardly worth continuing with the project under the shadows of a recent monumental hagiographic opera on this subject, and the idea lay dormant until now, brought back to life by recent visits to Italy, and consequent rereading of source material including near-contemporary biographies by Belano and St. Bonaventure, Francis's own writings, and modern studies by Julien Green and Anthony Mockler.

© Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Opus: op. 302
Performance duration: 12'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 29. Oktober 2009 Glasgow, Glasgow City Halls (UK) · Dirigent: Ilan Volkov · BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 2009
instrumentation: pic.2.2.ca.2Acl.bcl.cbcl.2.cbsn-4.3.2.btbn.1-timp.3perc(glsp, crot, mar)-str
Performances
Conductor: HK Gruber
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
2014-10-15 | Salford (United Kingdom), MediaCityUK — 14:00
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2014-06-23 | Kirkwall, Orkney (United Kingdom), Pickaquoy Centre
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins, conductor
Orchestra: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
2014-03-24 | Adelaide (Australia), Adelaide Town Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Christopher Austin
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2011-10-25 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall
Conductor: Michal Dworzynski
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2010-06-23 | Kirkwall, Orkney (United Kingdom), Pickaquoy Centre — 20.00 h
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2009-10-29 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Glasgow City Halls — 19.30 h | World Premiere

This is the overture to an opera I planned to write twenty-five years ago, and will probably never complete. In 1988 I wrote a Trumpet Concerto for John Wallace, in which the soloist represented the voice of the Saint - and I outlined several scenes in the work, including the famous sermon to the birds. However, I thought it hardly worth continuing with the project under the shadows of a recent monumental hagiographic opera on this subject, and the idea lay dormant until now, brought back to life by recent visits to Italy, and consequent rereading of source material including near-contemporary biographies by Belano and St. Bonaventure, Francis's own writings, and modern studies by Julien Green and Anthony Mockler.

© Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the BBC for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Opus: op. 302
Performance duration: 12'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 29. Oktober 2009 Glasgow, Glasgow City Halls (UK) · Dirigent: Ilan Volkov · BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Year of composition: 2009
instrumentation: pic.2.2.ca.2Acl.bcl.cbcl.2.cbsn-4.3.2.btbn.1-timp.3perc(glsp, crot, mar)-str
Conductor: HK Gruber
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
2014-10-15 | Salford (United Kingdom), MediaCityUK — 14:00
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2014-06-23 | Kirkwall, Orkney (United Kingdom), Pickaquoy Centre
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins, conductor
Orchestra: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
2014-03-24 | Adelaide (Australia), Adelaide Town Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Christopher Austin
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2011-10-25 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall
Conductor: Michal Dworzynski
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2010-06-23 | Kirkwall, Orkney (United Kingdom), Pickaquoy Centre — 20.00 h
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2009-10-29 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), Glasgow City Halls — 19.30 h | World Premiere