W. A. Mozart: Soave sia il vento

Written by Roberto Sierra


In category: Song of the Day

Published January 22, 2019

No other moment in music comes as close to the ideal of perfection as this trio. The undulating string sounds suggest the soft undulating waves that takes us into the imaginary journey of this delightful farce. The combination of the vocal lines with the different harmonizations is what makes this music so striking. Particularly moving are the last statements of “ai nostri desir”, where on the word “desir” (desire) a dissonant chord of utmost beauty conveys a sense of longing and profound nostalgia. “May the elements respond kindly to our desires” said perhaps with tears in our eyes.

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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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