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Friday 11 November 2022

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

Saturday 12 November 2022

7:30pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Pablo Sáinz-Villegas guitar


Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
de Falla Three Cornered Hat: Suites 1 & 2
Ravel Boléro

About this performance

Be transported to the landscape of Spain with vivacious and colourful works from Ravel, Rodrigo and de Falla.

  • Maurice Ravel had a lifelong affinity for Spanish culture and music; his mother hailed from Basque Country straddling the border of France and Spain. Rapsodie Espagnole was Ravel’s first composition for orchestra. A mysterious, intoxicating four-note motif dominates the opening, followed by two passages inspired by dance forms and a festive conclusion.
  • Classical and folk traditions converge in Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, featuring “the soul of the Spanish guitar” Pablo Sáinz-Villegas. Proving that inspiration can strike anywhere, the melody for the seductive second movement of this work came to Rodrigo whilst he was waiting for a tram!
  • de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat began life as the accompanying music of a pantomime play. At the encouragement of Serge Diagilev of the Ballet Russes, de Falla expanded the score into a full ballet. The two orchestral suites string together vignettes from the completed ballet in the original order.
  • Boléro is one of the most famous pieces in the orchestral repertoire. Ravel gradually builds a crescendo over fifteen minutes, floating winding melodies over a persistent snare drum.

Duration: approx. 105 minutes including interval

*Please note: de Falla's El Amor Brujo will no longer be performed as part of this program.

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