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Catalonian Territorial Anthem ( Els Segadors) for Brass Quintet (MFAO World National Anthem Series)

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By Francese Aliò (1862 – 1908)

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Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn in F, Euphonium, Brass Quintet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Francese Aliò (1862 – 1908). Arranged by Keith Terrett. 20th Century, Romantic Period, World, European, Patriotic. Score, Set of Parts. 12 pages. Published by Music for all Occasions (S0.112793).

Item Number: S0.112793

An arrangement of the national anthem of Catalonia arranged for Brass Quintet & optional Percussion. Els Segadors (Eastern Catalan: [əɫs səɣəˈðos], Western Catalan: [eɫs seɣaˈðos]; "The Reapers") is the official national anthem of Catalonia (nationality and autonomous community of Spain). Though the original song dates in the oral tradition to 1640, its modern lyrics were written by Emili Guanyavents, who won a competition in 1899. The music was standardized by Francesc Alió in 1892.[1] The song is based on the events of 1640 known as Corpus de Sang during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) between Spain, England, France and Austria, the event that started the Catalan Revolt or Guerra dels Segadors (Reapers' War) where Catalans fought against the Count-Duke of Olivares, the chief minister of King Philip IV of Spain.The Catalan government adopted "Els Segadors" as the national anthem of Catalonia in 1993.Contemporary Catalan composer Jordi Savall made a version of the folk song, using the original narrative (which dates back to the seventeenth century) combined with the modern lyrics and refrain, which were added later.Catalonia is the only country in the world which has converted a popular song with historical roots into a national anthem: Els Segadors. A folk song that emerged from a collective spirit has become the symbol of that same spirit."Els Segadors is a historical romance that, as a “reminder of wrongs”, narrates the misfortunes of Catalonia during the popular revolt which caused the Corpus de Sang (1640), when the Catalans fought the Castilian troops in the so-called War of the Reapers, against King Philip IV of Castile and the Count-Duke Olivares. In this sense, it is a historical song with religious connotations. The popular melody dates back to the seventeenth century, if we except the refrain Bon cop de falç ... which was incorporated later and does not correspond to the legend.The structure of the song is based almost entirely on tetracords and is very similar to other sixteenth century pieces which had their origins in a more remote tradition which must be sought in the ancient popular monody. The tune has a majestic air which is both sedate and solemn. The chorus, on the other hand, is a vibrant exclamation of energy.In his version, Jordi Savall adopts a very plausible device to clarify further the origins of the music. Firstly, after an instrumental introduction by the wind instruments, he unfolds the narrative as a romance using voices and entrusts the dialogues to the soloists. The narrative, which is contained in sixteen stanzas, ends with an instrumental coda. Immediately afterwards are performed the three stanzas which constitute the present day hymn. The whole thing demonstrates the grandeur, splendour and pomp of the hymn itself, sustained by the instruments and persiste percussion."For more of my original music, great arrangements and all the national anthems of the world, check out my on-line stores: an anthem fast? They are ALL in my store!All my anthem arrangements are also available for Orchestra, Recorders, Saxophones, Wind, Brass and Flexible band. If you need an anthem urgently for an instrumentation not in my store, let me know via e-mail, and I will arrange it for you FOC if possible!

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