30 May 2021 Once Only Event
Queensland Youth Orchestras and Opera Queensland proudly present Rachmaninov’s work, The Bells and the world-premiere of John Rotar’s Symphony No One.
Rotar is a Finalist in the contemporary classical category of the 2021 Queensland Music Awards, one of Australia’s most exciting young composers and Queensland Youth Orchestras Composer in Residence in 2021.
Conductor Simon Hewett
Choir Brisbane Chorale with Emily Cox
In association with Opera Queensland
John Rotar Symphony No. One World Premiere
Rachmaninov The Bells
Silver Sleigh Bells (Allegro ma non tanto)
Mellow Wedding Bells (Lento)
Loud Alarum Bells (Presto)
Mournful Iron Bells (Lento lugubre)
John Rotar is an alumnus of Queensland Youth Symphony and began composing this work at the end of 2019 as a personal response to the passing of Queensland Youth Orchestras founder John Curro.
The traditional four movement structure combines varied threads of sound from across the breadth of orchestral music, forming a sort of post-post-modern reflection and celebration of the symphony as a genre.
Rachmaninov’s The Bells shares notable similarities with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. Six Pathetique, Rachmaninov was inspired to compose the choral work when a girl he had never met, who admired the poems of Edgar Allan Poe and Rachmaninov’s music, sent the composer an anonymous letter, urging him to set to music a freely translated version of Poe’s The Bells.
Once Only Event
30 May 2021