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Per la flor del lliri blau

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Joaquín Rodrigo

Joaquín Rodrigo (transcribed by composer)

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'The title translates from the Spanish as "For the flower of the blue lily."

General Info

Year: 1934 / 2002
Duration: c. 19:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: PILES
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €190.00   |   Score Only (print) - €30.00


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Program Notes

Per la flor del lliri blau (For the flower of the blue lily, 1934) is one of Rodrigo’s most significant works. Composed for substantial orchestral forces, this symphonic poem is based on a medieval Valencian legend: the three sons of a dying king go on a quest for the flower of the blue lily, whose magic powers will save their father. The youngest finds it but is killed by his ambitious brothers.

Musically, the poem is constructed around two principal motifs, one lyrical, the other epic in nature, one of the earliest examples of this kind of noble, courtly music to appear in the composer’s production.

The work was first performed in Valencia on 26 July 1934 by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Valencia under the baton of José Manuel Izquierdo. In that same year it was awarded the prize for best symphonic poem of the year by Valencia’s Fine Arts Society. Rodrigo himself transcribed the piece for wind band, a very common type of ensemble in his native region.

- Program Note by Enrique Martinez Miura for liner notes of Naxos CD Rodrigo: Complete Orchestral Works


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Rodrigo, J. (2002). Per la flor del lliri blau: Symphonic Poem [score]. PILES: Valencia, Spain.