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Sinfonia Esparsa

By Manuel Oltra

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Composed by Manuel Oltra. Instrumental Sets. Published by Editorial de Musica Boileau (BO.B.3093).

Item Number: BO.B.3093

English comments:
This symphony only has three tempos, but the second and third are interwoven and must therefore be played without a break. Despite the fact that the initial phrase of the introduction, from which the main theme comes, also appears in the ground bass of the second tempo (Passacaglia) and in the odd touch of the third, this piece does not have a cyclic structure. The aforementioned phrase consists of the twelve notes of the chromatic scale, but it is not atonal in the strict meaning of the word, as atonalism is not characteristic of the way this composer works. The third tempo is quite similar to rondo form, with some varied "refrains" and highly contrasting "verses". This composition was written in 1989 and was first performed on 21 and 22 September 2002 at the Teatro Principal in Sabadell and at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, respectively.

Comentarios del Espanol:
Esta sinfonia tiene solo tres tiempos, pero el segundo y el tercero estan entrelazados y, por lo tanto, se deben interpretar sin interrupcion. A pesar de que la frase inicial de la introduccion, de la que deriva el tema principal, aparece tambien en el bajo "ostinato" del segundo tiempo (Passacaglia) y en alguna pincelada del tercero, no se trata de una obra de estructura ciclica. La mencionada frase consta de los doce sonidos de la escala cromatica, pero no es atonal en sentido estricto, ya que el atonalismo es ajeno a la manera de hacer del autor. El tercer tiempo se aproxima bastante a la forma rondo, con algun "estribillo" variado y "estrofas" muy contrastadas. Esta composicion es del ano 1989, y fue estrenada el 21 y el 22 de septiembre de 2002 en el Teatro Principal de Sabadell y en el Palau de la Musica Catalana de Barcelona respectivamente.

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