Alhambra Fantasy


chamber ensemble of 16 players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
1(=picc).1.1(=bcl).1(=cbsn) - 1110 - perc(2): SD/whip/sleigh bells/cyms/2 anvil/2 c.bell/4 congas/3 gong/2 tam-t/tabla/vib/cast/ch.cym/almglocken/TD/BD/metal dustbin/2 rin/t.bells - pno(=cel) - harp - 2 vln.vla.vlc.db

Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta with funds provided by the Arts Council of England

First Performance
6.2.00, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen

Score 0-571-52095-2 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes
Alhambra Fantasy is scored for the sixteen players of the London Sinfonietta, who commissioned the work for this concert. It is a celebration of the art and architecture of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. I am concerned both with the splendour of the Palace itself, as well as its place in the landscape and its relevance to the complex history of this 'Moorish' region of Spain. The two large parts of the work, sharply contrasted, relate to two different facets of the Alhambra: the building of the Palace itself in the rough and energetic first part, which is dominated by sounds of hammering and banging on all manner of percussion; and the more lyrical second part, which connects song evoking the landscape of the Vega. This is not programme music, however, and I would rather leave listeners to form their own images from the turbulent contrasts evident it the music. Alhambra Fantasy is dedicated to the memory of French composer Gérard Grisey. Julian Anderson

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