Maurice Ravel: Asie

Written by Roberto Sierra


In category: Song of the Day

Published January 25, 2019

When I think of of exquisite writing for the voice and absolute masterful orchestration, I always think of this piece. For me this is the way to write for voice and orchestra. Absolute care about the registers, and the way Ravel keeps the balances has not been surpassed. On top of that, the gorgeous melodies and harmonies…

Maurice Ravel’s “Asie” from Shéhérazade

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For the past three decades Roberto Sierra’s works have been performed by orchestras, ensembles and festivals in the Americas and Europe. Sierra came to prominence in 1987, when his first major orchestral composition, Júbilo, was performed at Carnegie Hall by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Major commissions and performances include: the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra (Zurich), Germany’s Radio Orchestras from Saarland and Frankfurt, England’s BBC Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, etc. In 2003 he was awarded the Academy Award in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. and in 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He was awarded the prestigious Tomás Luis de Victoria Prize in 2017, the highest honor conferred in Spain to a composer of Spanish or Latin American origin.

NYFOS will perform the American premiere of Sierra’s 33 Suenos (33 Dreams) with poetry by Juan Carlos Garvayo on February 20, 2018 at Merkin Hall.


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