Ode to fortitude (2024) sopr., mezzo, women’s choir and orchestra

Oda a la Fortaleza (2024) (Ode to fortitude) is a symphonic poem for soprano, mezzo, women’s choir and orchestra based on my own text. This Ode was commissioned by the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and the Palau de la Música Catalana as an overture before Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The text of the Ode is in Catalan and equivalent to Schiller’s but from a woman’s point of view. The most important phrases of the text – which helped me organize the structure, narrative and dramatic and sometimes epic feeling of the work are the following. The first phrase is “Som persones primer, dones després (We are people first, women second), which appears at the beginning of the work and tells us what the music is about; the soloists and the choir firmly reiterate the word “SOM” (We are) accentuated by orchestral iterations in different registers. The second essential phrase, Endavant sense por! (Forward without fear) is a call to action that appears several times in the work but especially at the end.

The premiere took place on April 6 and 7, 2024, at the Palau de la Musica Catalana

TEXT in Catalan, English (link includes instrumentation also)

 

 

 

 

 

Quintet for piano & string quartet (2024)

Quintet for piano and string quartet was commissioned by the Palau de la Musica Catalana and dedicated to Canadian pianist Jaeden Izik-Dzurko and the Atenea Quartet. My intention was to write a quintet of four movements, to complement the limited repertoire of quintets currently being performed, by venturing into a more Mediterranean sound world that integrates various influences, from Spanish and Catalan popular music, especially in the second (Scherzo) and fourth movements (Rondo) – which is based on the Catalan folk song ‘El petit vailet’- to the more austere and modal sound world of the first movement (Allegro energico) and the denser texture of the third movement (Ballade) rooted in romanticism. The quintet has a cyclical structure, all movements are linked by developing melodic and rhythmic patterns, introduced in the first movement, ‘Allegro energico’. The third movement is connected to the fourth and performed without a break. ©2024 Elisenda Fabregas.

Published by Hidden Oaks Music Corp. Available for sale at the end of 2024.

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Premiere Oda a la fortalesa (Ode to fortitude) for sopr, mezzo, women’s choir and orchestra at the Palau, April 6, 7, 2024; Simfonica del Vallés, Cor Cármina, Andres Salado cond.

https://www.palaumusica.cat/es/la-novena-de-beethoven_1138215

Premiere Quintet piano & string quartet (2024) at the Palau; Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, piano; Atenea Quartet; April 8, 2024.

https://www.palaumusica.cat/es/izik-dzurko-quartet-atenea_1130021

Premiere ‘Bonna Domna’ (2001/24) for SATB a cappella – Cor de Cambra del Palau; April 28, 2024

https://www.palaumusica.cat/es/cor-de-cambra-del-palau-sese_1132998

Trio Pedrell, Ancient Walls (vln), Wandering spirit (vln & piano), Image from Portraits, Masks (cla, vln,pno) at the Palau, February 29, 2024

https://www.palaumusica.cat/es/cardona-trio-pedrell_1129548

Accents Catalans for orchestra at the Palau, Simfónica del Vallés with Sułkowska-Migon, February 3, 2024

https://www.palaumusica.cat/es/la-pastoral-de-beethoven_1128179

Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, piano, ‘Somnis radiants’ at L’Auditori de Barcelona, February 17, 2024.

https://www.auditori.cat/ca/esdeveniment/emergents-jaeden-izik-dzurko/