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de sol y grana: for solo violin and 14 players

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Publication details

DatePublished - 2011
Media of outputScore
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherFaber Music Ltd.
Sizec. 15 minutes
Original languageEnglish


[programme note]

The title is a line from a poem by Antonio Machado, and roughly translates as “of sun(light) and scarlet”. In this poem he likens his songs to bubbles, and describes his delight at watching them set off, float in the air, glimmer (with sunlight and scarlet), and then burst. The nine short sections of this violin concerto are little bubbles of music in which the violin and ensemble come into a particular relationship and hover there for a few moments before disintegrating into something new. Each ‘bubble’ behaves quite differently: some hang in the air relatively serenely while others are considerably more volatile and unpredictable.

Bibliographical note

Commissioned by London Music Masters

First performed by Agata Szymczewska and the London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Hugh Brunt at the Spitalfields Winter Festival on 12th December 2011 in Shoreditch Church.

Second performance by Agata Szmczewska and Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Jonathan Berman on 24 May 2012 in St. John's Waterloo.


2 Flutes (1 = piccolo; 2 = bass flute and piccolo)
Clarinet in A (= Bass Clarinet in Bb)

Trumpet in Bb (= Trumpet in D)

Percussion (1 player: vibraphone, marimba, cabasa, suspended cymbal (bowed))

Piano (= cabasa)

Solo Violin

2 Violas
2 Cellos
Double bass


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