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Nelson Jesus

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Subtitle: Symphonic Poem

This work bears the designation Opus 21.

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Author's Edition
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Prenúncio de Nacionalidade
2. In Hoc Signo Vinces
3. Batalha de Ourique



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This symphonic poem describes episodes of the great history of Portugal. This piece is loaded with symbolism such as the story of Portugal´s foundation. The work is divided into three parts:

Nationality Preface: The short quotation from the kettledrums is based on the opening stanza of the national anthem, listening to "Heroes of the Sea" and becomes the motive that generates the very theme of Afonso Henriques. The premonition of Portugal as a country is the horn theme, a variation on the initial melody line of the same anthem. The Allegro vivace with its incessant gallop describes the environment of the Tournament of Arcos de Valdevez, episode of 1140, where to avoid the battle the best knights of both sides were selected to fight each other.

In Hoc Signo Vinces: Afonso was a devotee of his religion and strong in his political convictions. He debated himself against his mother of blood for a superior motherland. The future Portuguese sovereign had a vision of Christ on the cross surrounded by angels, guaranteeing Portugal’s victory in combat. In Hoc Signo Vinces (With this sign you will conquer), the theme of the cross is sonorously portrayed, taken from the Gregorian chant Crux Fidelis as F. Liszt did it before.

Battle of Ourique: This battle fought between the forces of Afonso Henriques and the Almoravids was decisive for the future of the country. This event had so much impact on the Portuguese imagination that the cross of Afonso's coat of arms was altered receiving the representation of the five Christ wounds and the five Moorish kings defeated and represented in music by five strong chords at the end of the battle theme.

To finish, writing this piece for the Army Symphonic Band seemed appropriate to me, because in this battle the Portuguese Army was born, and certainly there were already musicians in the field stimulating and celebrating with the troops who fought for the dream of an independent and free country.

- Program Note by composer


  • 1st Prize, Portuguese Army Band Composition Competition, 2016

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  • World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) – Accessed 28 July 2017