The Procession, for Cobla and Orchestra

Instrumentation | Cobla and Symphony Orchestra

COBLA: Pipe (Flabiol) in F and Tabor (Tamborí), Treble Shawm (Tible) in F 1., Treble Shawm (Tible) in F 2., Tenor Shawm (Tenora) in Bb 1., Tenor Shawm (Tenora) in Bb 2., Trumpet in Bb 1., Trumpet in Bb 2., Trombone, Bass Flugel Horn (Fiscorn) in C 1., Bass Flugel Horn (Fiscorn) in C 2., Contrabass, Percusión 1., Percusión 2.; ORCHESTRA: Flute 1., Flute 2. (Piccolo), Oboe 1., Oboe 2., Clarinet in Bb 1., Clarinet in Bb 2., Bassoon 1., Bassoon 2., Horn in F 1., Horn in F 2., Horn in F 3., Horn in F 4., Trumpet in C 1., Trumpet in C 2., Trombone 1., Trombone 2., Trombone 3., Tuba, Timpani, Percussion 1., Percussion 2., Percussion 3., Celesta, Piano (solo), Violins 1., Violins 2., Violas, Violoncellos, Contrabasses.

Duration | 10 minutes.

Première | Teatre de la Llotja de Lleida | 12th of May of 2012 | Orquestra Simfònica Julià i Carbonell de les Terres de Lleida (OSJC), Cobla Bellpuig and Alfons Reverté (conductor).

Discography | La sardana de l'any'11

Comments | This work was a commission of the Sardana Federation of Catalonia (2012). It is an attempt to join the strength of popular music with the new forms of expression that contemporary music offers. The cobla (a Catalan traditional instruments ensemble) performs literally the main themes of a traditional Catalan feast called "Festa Major" (in particular of the Procession of Saint Bartholomew of Sitges), while the orchestra describes in a contemporary language what these themes evoke. The work begins describing the sunrise with the "Toc Matinades" [Morning tune] in the background. The first harmonic note in the violins represents the first ray of sunshine that grows until the appearance of the sun in all its fullness. The following section describes the groups of demons and drummers, with the recitation of satirical verses, Lucifer (tuba), the female demon (trombones), whistling fireworks (glissandi), the dragon (the horns)... each of them has a musical motif. The collective madness of the devils passage brings to the "Toc de Castells" [Tune of the human towers], which is accompanied by the building of the human tower in the orchestra. The tower will start to tremble, and at the moment the "anxaneta" raises his arm to crown the tower, the music gives way to the bells that call to mass. Then a solemn section begins with an old song with Gregorian reminiscences ("Goig of Saint Bartholomew"). This song, originally accompanied by the resonance of the church and the waves of the sea, gradually grows to become the advance of the Saint in the procession. The work ends with the entrance of the Saint into the church, with all the melodies sounding together in an ecstasy of sound and ocean waves that culminates with a spectacular fireworks.

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Scores | Influx Sheet Music (PDF Edition).

Video On-Line

| Recording of the première.

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