Overture: St. Francis of Assisi

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934)

Overture: St. Francis of Assisi 2009

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Duration 
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This is the overture to an opera I planned to write twenty-five years ago, and will probably never complete. In 1988 I wrote a Trumpet Concerto for John Wallace, in which the soloist represented the voice of the Saint - and I outlined several scenes in the work, including the famous sermon to the birds. However, I thought it hardly worth continuing with the project under the shadows of a recent monumental hagiographic opera on this subject, and the idea lay dormant until now, brought back to life by recent visits to Italy, and consequent rereading of source material including near-contemporary biographies by Belano and St. Bonaventure, Francis's own writings, and modern studies by Julien Green and Anthony Mockler.

© Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Performances 
29.10.09 City Halls, Glasgow: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov
23.6.10 St Magnus Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Michal Dworzynsk
25.10.11 Cadogan Hall, London: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Christopher Austin
23.4.13 Adelaide Town Hall, Australia: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins
23.6.14 St Magnus Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins
15.10.14 MediaCity, Salford: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / HK Gruber
3
Flute
3rd piccolo
3
Oboe
3rd cor anglais
4
Clarinet
1st & 2nd clarinet in A, 3rd bass clarinet, 4th contrabass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd contrabassoon
4
Horn
3
Trumpet
3
Trombone
3rd bass trombone
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
3
Percussion
glockenspiel, crotales, marimba
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