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Utrecht: Dutch Premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's “Glorious Percussion“

Sofia Gubaidulina's concerto for percussion ensemble and orchestra "Glorious Percussion" will be given its Dutch premiere on 25 February 2011 in Utrecht.

As at the world premiere in Göteborg on 18 September 2008, the ensemble "Glorious Percussion" (named after this piece) will present the concerto, supported by the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hilversum under the direction of Andrew Litton.

“Two special characteristics distinguish this work from my previous works:”

1. The solo percussion ensemble consists of five players, some of whose instruments are placed to the right and the left of the orchestra (e.g. numerous gongs) and others of which are placed to the right and left of the conductor (marimba and vibraphone). Five bass drums are at the very front; these are only used at the very end during a large final intensification. The solo percussionists step in front of the orchestra to improvise at seven places during the work.

2. The solo percussionists have seven episodes in this work in which they step before the orchestra and improvise without a fixed note-text. This is more or less a reminiscence of a performance practice from a time during which only an oral culture existed.”

25 February 2011
Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn, 8:15 PM
Dutch premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
”Glorious Percussion“. Concerto for percussion ensemble and orchestra
”Glorious Percussion“ ensemble
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hilversum
Conduchtor: Andrew Litton


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