Alhambra Fantasy

Julian Anderson (1967)

Alhambra Fantasy 2000

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
Duration 
15
Publisher 

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

Performances 
6.2.00 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
8.2.00 Presences Festival, Paris: London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
2.7.00 Avanti! Summer Sounds, Finland: Avanti Chamber Orchestra/Oliver Knussen
30.10.00 Wien Modern Festival, Austria: Ensemble Kontrapunkte/Peter Keuschnig
4.11.00 de Singel, Antwerp, Belgium: Beethoven Academie/Jan Caeyers
17.4.01 Julliard School, New York: Juilliard Ensemble/Joel Sachs
11.8.01 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music: TMC Fellows/Ilan Volkov
13.9.01 Frankfurt, Germany: Ensemble Modern/Susanna Mälkki
15/16.9.01 Hamburg & Schwaz: Ensemble Modern/Oliver Knussen
5.10.01 Cologne, Germany: ASKO Ensemble/Susanna Mälkki
12.11.01 Musik Monat, Basel, Switzerland: London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
2.2.02 CBSO Centre, Birmingham: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Peter Rundel
3-16.3.02 UK Tour (London, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Brighton, Pontesbury, Ellesmere): Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Peter Rundel
15.4.02 Montreal, Canada: Mogill University New Music Group
20.5.02 Prague, Czech Republic: London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
5.6.02 Concergebouw, Amsterdam: Oliver Knussen; Schoenberg Ensemble
2.9.02 BBC Proms, London: Sinfonia 21/Martyn Brabbins
13.9.02 Perth, Australia: WASO New Music Ensemble/Roger Smalley
Selected performances only. For full listing please visit www.fabermusic.com
1
Flute
doubling piccolo
1
Oboe
1
Clarinet
doubling bass clarinet
1
Bassoon
doubling contrabassoon
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Trombone
2
Percussion
side drum, whip, sleigh bells, cymbals, 2 anvil, 2 cow bells, 4 congas, 3 gong, 2 tam-tam, tabla, vibraphone, castanets, chinese cymbals, almglocken, tenor drum, bass drum, metal dustbin, 2 rin, tubular bells
1
Violin
1
Violin II
1
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double bass
1
Harp
1
Piano
doubling celesta
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