Two Portraits of Barcelona

Carter Pann

Duration: 00:12:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

"Two Portraits of Barcelona" (1994) was written soon after a three-day vacation with my family in the city. During the stay we visited the Sagrada Familia and climbed up its endless stairwell. The Cathedral?s grandeur and wicked design were completely awe inspiring to me. The first movement, ?Antoni Gaudi?s Cathedral", hints at the strains of composer Chris Rouse as it presents a gnarly picture of Gaudi?s architectural vision. We also indulged in a bullfight! I noticed the music at the event played an important part, for the success (or sometimes strife) of the picadors and matadors was directly reflected by the band. The opening of the second movement, ?The Bullfight,? presents the very same music I heard from the stands. This tour de force for trumpets eventually transforms into a grand "Danza del Toro".

Additional Information

Composition Date 1994
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 4(EbCl. B.Cl.) 2 - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 5Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
Premiere November, 1996. Bowling Green Symphony (Ohio), conducted by Emily Freeman Brown.


I. Antoni Gaudi's Cathedral
II. The Bullfight

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