Subtitle: The Archangels
This work bears the designation Opus 50.
1. Gabriel, the Messenger of Light – 7:35
2. Raphael, the Guide of Souls – 9:45
3. Michael, the Prince of the Heavenly Host – 7:00
4. Uriel, the Time Keeper – 7:00
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Finger Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
None discovered thus far.
The Swiss composer Franco Cesarini has waited a long time to write his first symphony and after years of considering and drafting, this Archangels Symphony, Symphony nr. 1 is a vast composition consisting of highly dramatic language, intense thematic developments and frequent polyphonic elaborations. The thematic material is taken from old Gregorian melodies that form the basis for the entire work, which is, despite the title, a non-programmatic work.
It consists out of four movements: Gabriel, the gentle archangel; the supreme healer Raphael; the energetic archangel Michael, the Prince of the heavenly host; and surprisingly the archangel Urile, the ‘forgotten’ archangel. A true masterpiece and a fantastic musical challenge.
- Program Note from publisher
The Archangels Symphony is a vast composition with a highly dramatic language, intense thematic developments and frequent polyphonic elaborations. The thematic material is taken from old Gregorian melodies that form the basis for the work. Despite the titles, this composition has no direct literary references and should thus be considered as pure music, without any specific programme.
Many ancient religions speak of spiritual beings who play the role of divine messengers. In more recent times, angels are figures common to the three great monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).
The first movement is dedicated to the Archangel Gabriel, the Messenger of God. The gentle angel, who announces the birth of Jesus Christ to the Virgin Mary, at times becomes a pierce warrior, as when launching the attack against the Rebel Angels. The two sides to this angel’s personality are reflected in the impetuous character portrayed in the first theme and in the gentle and pastoral character in the second.
The second movement deals with the Archangel Raphael. Known as the Supreme Healer, this is the angel who heals the minds, spirits, and bodies of mankind. He traditionally has various other roles, such as that of guiding souls in the afterlife.
There are many exciting and fantastic legends concerning the Archangel Michael, the Prince of the Heavenly Host. The powerful and energetic music in the third movement portrays the combative nature of this archangel, who is celebrated for having triumphed over Satan’s hordes.
The final movement is dedicated to Uriel, the forgotten archangel. Indeed, his name is not included among the angels currently officially honoured by the Catholic Church, although he had been honoured up until 1545, when the Council of Trent decided to remove the Fourth Book of Ezra (containing mentions of the Archangel Uriel) from the list of sacred texts. As a result of this elimination of the only sacred text in which he was mentioned, the Archangel Uriel has been almost entirely forgotten. Nevertheless, he can still be seen in many frescoes painted prior to the Council of Trent and is often represented in his roles as governor of the lights in the firmament of Heaven and the guardian angel of time.
- Program Note by composer
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Colin McKenzie, conductor) - 16 November 2021
- Civica Filarmonica di Lugano (Italy) (Franco Cesarini, conductor) – 2016
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Aida: Grand Finale (as arranger) (1871/2000)
- Triumphal March (as arranger) (1871/2005)
- Alpina Fanfare (1997)
- Antiche Danza ed Arie per Liuto (as arranger) (1917/1999)
- Arizona (2014)
- Blue Horizons (2002)
- Bulgarian Dances (2011)
- Bulgarian Dances (Part II) (2013)
- Ceresio (2002)
- Colorado (2016)
- Convergents (1991)
- Cossack Folk Dances (2004)
- Ernani (as arranger) (1844/2000)
- Greek Folk Song Suite (2002)
- The Haunter of the Dark (1995)
- Huckleberry Finn Suite (2005)
- Huntingtower (as arranger) (1932/1987)
- Interlude for Band (1987)
- I Vespri Siciliani (as arranger) (1855/2000)
- Il Barbiere di Siviglia (as arranger) (1816/2011)
- Il Trovatore: Coro dei Gitani (as arranger) (1853/2000)
- A Joyful Fanfare (2007)
- Jubilee Fanfare (1997)
- La Forza del Destino (as transcriber) (1862/1995)
- Le Cortège du Roi Renaud (1999/2021)
- Mexican Pictures (1990)
- MGB March (2005)
- Mosaici Bizantini (1993)
- Norma (as arranger) (1831/2002)
- Poema Alpestre (1999)
- Mountain Majesty (1999/2005)
- Piccola Suite Italiana (2005)
- Puss in Boots (2013)
- Renaissance Suite (2008)
- Solemnitas (2002)
- Symphonic Fanfare (2009)
- Symphony No. 1 (2016)
- Symphony No. 2 (2018)
- Symphony No. 3 (2021)
- Tom Sawyer Suite (2002)
- Un Ballo en Maschera (as arranger) (1859/2000)
- Variations on a French Folk Song (2000)
- Cesarini, F. (2016). Symphony no. 1 : The Archangels, op. 50 [score]. Mitropa Music: Basel, Switz.
- Pease, Andy. "Symphony no. 1: The Archangels." The Wind Band Symphony Archive. Web. Accessed 9 November 2020
- "Symphony no. 1: The Archangels." Wind Band Symphony Archive. Accessed 27 August 2023