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La Sagrada Familia

for orchestra

Year:  2006   ·  Duration:  7m
Instrumentation:  2*2*22; 4331; timp., 3 perc.; strings | (Perc: crot., 3 susp. cymbals, crash cymbals, marimba, tenor drum, glockenspiel, tubular bells, snare drum, bass drum, vibraphone)

Year:  2006
Duration:  7m
Instrumentation  2*2*22; 4331; timp., 3 perc...

Robin Toan

Composer:   Robin Toan

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Sample Score

Sample: First three pages of each movement

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La Sagrada Familia was inspired by the most unconventional church in Europe. The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, which stands proudly in Barcelona was designed by Spain's most prominent modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi. When I first saw it I was moved by its originality and beauty, I was also astounded by the creator's incredible imagination. The piece is in two movements. Firstly, I have explored the foreboding nature of the building; the way it looks as though it were melting, twisting and almost lurching as it towers over you. Then in the second movement the music takes us on a winding journey down from the bell towers. Taking delight in the beautiful facades, shapes, glass and mosaics on the way.

Contents note

Two movements

Performance history

08 Sep 2006: Workshopped by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich as part of the NZSO/Todd Corporation Young Composer Awards in September 2006, at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington

14 Apr 2009: Contemporary Visions 19

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