Cantigas

by Magnus Lindberg

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Magnus Lindberg

Cantigas

Music Finland

Description

Lindberg’s work draws its inspiration in part from the melodic artistry of the medieval troubadour tradition, particularly that of the Minnesingers and the Iberian song repertory as hinted at by the Cantigas of the title. The interval of an open fifth, a distinctive colour of medieval music, is proliferated to provide melodic and harmonic content. The work’s Mediterranean flavour and warm orchestral hues have become characteristic of Lindberg’s recent music, including Feria with its references to Spanish public festivities and Fresco with its musical paralleling of Italian painting and architectural techniques.

© Boosey & Hawkes, March 1999


Instrumentation

3343 4431 31 1, pno+cel, str [fl+pic, ehn, cl+eb cl, bcl+cbcl, cfag, tr+pictr]


Category

Works for Orchestra or Large Ensemble


Premiere

Cleveland Orchestra, cond. Christoph von Dohnányi, Cleveland, April 1, 1999. Also the 3rd part of the symphonic triptych consisting of Feria (1997), Parada (2001) and Cantigas.


Commisioned by / dedications

Commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra. Shared 1st European Composer Prize of the "young.euro.classic - Musik Sommer Berlin 2000".


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