O Sono do João

Sérgio Azevedo (1968 - )

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O Sono do João

In May 2008, the Music School of the Orfeão de Leiria commissioned me a series of short pieces for the winners of the Music Contest for Young Players and Singers, a contest they organize every year. Those pieces would be given to the winners the year prior to the first audition in the next contest, as part of the prize. So I wrote ten short pieces for the winners of 2008 contest, ten very different pieces and for very different grades of difficulty: 2 flutes, saxophone, violin & piano, cello & piano, percussion ensemble (2 marimbas and a vibraphone), children’s choir & piano, 2 trombones, piano, guitar and harp. The pieces all have different styles and moods, from the solemnity of the guitar piece to the almost jazzy (even “rocky”) music of the percussion and saxophone pieces, not forgetting the modal lyricism of the harp and the humour and panache of the works for violin, cello and trombone. The aim was to enrich the study repertoire for these instruments, although for the most part of the pieces, the idea of “didactic music” is very far from what I wrote, since the rule in this kind of didactic music is to be more “didactic” than “music”…