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Sao Paulo: Lera Auerbach's “Serenade for a Melancholic Sea“ Receives Brazilian Premiere


The Orquestra de Camara da OSESP (Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo) under the direction of Simone Menezes will present the Brazilian premiere of Lera Auerbach's "Serenade for a Melancholic Sea" for piano trio and strings in Sao Paulo on 20 November 2011.

The work, dedicated to Gidon Kremer, received its world premiere in September 2002 in the major Japanese city of Kanazawa on the island of Honschu by the orchestral ensemble Kanazawa under the direction of Hiroyuki Iwaki.

Lera Auerbach comments on " Serenade for a Melancholic Sea " as follows:

“This work was completed at the request of Gidon Kremer, to whom it is dedicated, and was commissioned by the Ensemble Kanazawa. Written in homage to Toru Takemitsu, the material of the ‘Serenade’ incorporates both Toru’s and Gidon’s monograms. Takemitsu’s ‘Sea motive’ (E-flat, E, A) is also present. Thus, symbolically, Gidon and Toru meet again in a timeless and spaceless sea of music. Perhaps the greatest mystery of musical performance is when composer, performer and listener meet in the realm of a moment in which future meets past and this intersection becomes present. The orchestra and soloists play very different roles in this piece. The orchestral writing is delicate yet complex. The image I had in mind in its conception was of a painting that from distance may seem as a one-colored pallet canvas, but upon a closer look - one finds very detailed brushwork - a polyphonic painting. The string orchestra is divided in 23 independent parts that carry different perspectives in this ever-changing mosaic of colors. Upon this quiet but multi-layered background the main characters of Violin, Cello and Piano are present as individual figures surrounded by a large open space.“

20 November 2011
Sao Paulo
Osesp Na Sala São Paulo, 5 PM
Brazilian premiere: Lera Auerbach
”Serenade for a Melancholic Sea“ for piano trio and strings
Orquestra de Camara da OSESP
Simone Menezes (direction)


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