Despertaferro, for three coblas (2004)

Other titles | Despertaferro, per a tres cobles (Catalan) — Despertaferro, para tres coblas (Spanish).

Instrumentation | Three eleven-musician coblas (3 flabiols and tamborins, 6 tibles, 6 tenores, 6 trumpets, 3 trombones, 6 flugelhorns, 3 contrabasses) and 2 timpani.

Duration | 9 minutes.

Premiere

| Palau de la Música — Barcelona (Spain) | 16th of January of 2005.
| Sant Jordi Cobla — City of Barcelona, Mediterranean Cobla, La Principal del Llobregat Cobla, Santi Molas (percussion), Xavier Pagès-Corella (conductor).

Comments

| The title of this work is the war shout of the Almogàvers (Catalan medieval warriors). The composition is divided in two sections: the first one is a slow introduction that describes the farewell of the warriors when leaving home. The second one, more rhythmical, describes a battle between the Almogàvers and the Turkish army. After a big climax which represents the Almogàvers victory over the Turkish army, the themes which correspond to the Turkish army disappear, representing its defeat.
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It exists a  version for symphony orchestra.

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Scores | Influx Sheet Music (PDF Edition).

Audio On-Line | | Cobla Mediterrània, Cobla Sant Jordi - City of Barcelona, Cobla La Principal del Llobregat, and Xavier Pagès-Corella (Conductor).

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