Symphony No. 1: Asgard by Teo Aparicio Barberan. For Concert band. Concert works. Grade 5-6. Score and set of parts. Duration 0:21:07. Published by Beriato Music (BT.EMA-001).
This impressive piece by the young Spanish composer Teo Aparicio Barberan was created at the famous 2002 International Contest for Bands, Ciudad de Valencia, which is one of the most prestigious competitions in Europe. The composer based this work on a Scandinavian romantic fairytale. ... where the flowery landscape remains in that sweet scented season when spring is about to turn to summer at all times. Its fields resemble smooth green lawns (kept cropped by herds of deep red cows and woolly sheep) and its forests are home to bountiful deer and songbirds. All of this is protected by a wall you cannot climb, made of closely fitted stone blocks. We would be unable to enter if not for the grace of Odin. It is here that Odin sits on his throne at High Nest in Valhalla and surveys all those in his domains. The door of Valhalla Valhalla, or the Hall of The Slain. This is the place where Odin resides preparing his legions of heroes for the coming of Ragnarok. The rafters are built from giant spears and the roof from shields. The hall has 540 doors and 800 warriors can pass through each door, shoulder to shoulder. This makes it the grandest of halls to be preserved in Asgard. If you listen carefully, you may hear the battle cries of the fallen heroes as they prepare for battle against the approaching Ragnarok. The guard of the clouds Jotumheim, the so-called guard of the clouds, is one of giant warriors in charge of the doors of Asgard. The brave Balder, our hero, asks for help to find his way back to Mildgard. Jotunheim wakes up from his eternal dream in a bad mood, and they both engage in a fierce battle. After conceding defeat, he agrees to show the Kingdom to Balder, and takes him to Odin. Crazy Man Odin, the most powerful of all gods, receives Balder in the Mildgard Palace. Shocked by Jotunheims defeat, they enter into an agreement. He will allow Balder to return to his world if he is able to defeat Ragnarok. In order to do this, he can count on the help of Thor, the God of Thunder. But they must watch out for the evil and crazy Loki, who will try to beat Mildgards warriors and become the owner of Asgard. Brave Balder fights until the end. He defeats his rival but, weakened by his wounds, loses his life. Thor, armed with his hammer Mljnir, kills Loki and takes the latters dead body to Odin, who turns him into the God of Light.