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Spanish premiere in Palma de Mallorca: Ferran Cruixent’s “Solaria” for orchestra

The orchestral work “Solaria” by Catalan composer Ferran Cruixent is to have its Spanish premiere in Palma de Mallorca on 4 November 2021. The Orquestra Simfònica Illes Balears will perform under Leonard Slatkin’s baton. The composition was commissioned by the Fundazione Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento in 2014 and premiered in Bolzano on 3 February 2015.

The composer says of his work:

“‘Solaria’ for orchestra is a one-movement work in which I want to express my fascination with the dangers of our dependence on technological developments. The title ‘Solaria’ refers to the fantasy planet ‘Solaria’ by science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The whole orchestra describes the poetry of an imaginary desert landscape and the mechanised civilisation of individual areas, whereby the musicians also have to use special playing techniques, including ‘cyber singing’, which I once used in my symphonic work ‘Cyborg’ of 2010. ‘Cyber Singing’ is a new way of interaction that aims to achieve authentic communication. The electronic recordings, prepared by the composer himself, are played by the musicians via mobile phone, a utensil normally used for entirely different purposes. With this possibility, I create a new kind of interaction between the composer and the musician. At the end of the piece I quote a popular melody that refers to the old song ‘Daisy Bell’ (Harry Dacre, 1892). This melody was once played into an IBM 704 computer in 1961 and was also used by researchers in 1974 for the first demonstration of ‘pure-dichotic’ perception.”

Palma de Mallorca
Spanish premiere
Ferran Cruixent
Orquestra Simfònica Illes Balears
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

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