Oboe I-II (doubling English Horn)
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C (or B-flat) Trumpet I-II
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Blow Bottle
- Conch Shell
- Crash Cymbal
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Crash Cymbal
- Suspended Ride Cymbal
- Ocean Drum
- Tom-tom (4)
- Wind Chime
None discovered thus far.
Polifemo was written in 2000 and it was commissioned by the Town of Valencia, Spain, as a compulsory piece for the "Certamen Internacional de Bandas Ciutat de Valencia" for its 2001 edition. Ever since, Polifemo has become a staple of the Spanish literature for band, receiving countless performances and at least 15 commercial recordings.
Polifemo has a duration of about 14 minutes. It uses a standard Spanish band setting, including flugelhorns, optional cello and double basses, as a well as a large percussion set, with some special instruments like a jug, conch-shell or ocean drum.
Later in 2006, Andrés Valero would write an extended version of the work, dedicated this time to the City of Córdoba's Symphony Orchestra, called "Polifemo and Galatea". The setting for winds would appear in 2010. It has a duration of about 22 minutes. Both versions are edited by Piles.
- Program Note from WASBE
The present work is inspired by Polyphemus, one of the most ancient myths ever known to mankind. Since the Greek and Roman times there have been two quite different positions for this character, one which is related to Ulysses in Homer's Odyssey, and the other -the one we are mainly concerned with-that tells us about Polyphemus' unhappy love affair. Among all the authors that have dealt with this subject, it was Ovidio who has contributed most in his Metamorphoses. Later, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, this topic was a favorite for many Spanish and Italian poets. The brilliant "The myth of Polyphemus and Galatea" by Luis de Góngora is an outstanding example.
After this brief account of the origin of the plot, let us see what the story for this composition is about.
First we have a view of the beautiful Sicilian coast, the place where the action takes place. Next, a point in the vast landscape catches our eye. It is Cyclops' home, a mysterious dark cold cave. Inside we find a fierce clumsy one-eyed giant who walks around heavily as he plays the panpipes and shows off this misshapen figure. However, this dreadful shock that Polyphemus first causes us soon changes into loving tenderness towards beautiful Galatea. A love which was never returned will turn fondness into mortal jealousy and hatred towards shepherd Acis, who is finally slaughtered by the desperate and frustrated lover. It results in tragedy. In spite of everything, love, the true love that binds Acis and Galatea's souls will triumph for ever, for the blood he hashed is turned into water from an everlasting spring by the grace of God.
- Program Note by composer, translated by Salvador Gonzalez
- Audio: Reference recording. Banda Sinfónica De La Societat Musical D'Alzira (Àngel Crespo, conductor)
- Audio CD: Banda Sinfónica De La Societat Musical D'Alzira (Àngel Crespo, conductor) - 2004
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Associació Musical Santa Cecília de Albocàsser (Castellón, Spain) (Juan Conill, conductor) - 27 April 2019
- Banda Union Musical de Riba-roja del Túria (Spain) (Jose Pascual Arnau Paredes, conductor) - 27 July 2013 (World Music Contest 2013)
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Certamen de Elda, XXX Aniversario (2015)
- El Monte de la Animas (arr. Adams & Carracosa) (2015)
- Marcha Mora (2009)
- Polifemo (2000)
- Polifemo y Galatea (2010)
- Romance (2005/2013)
- Symphony No. 1 (2003)
- Andrés Valero-Castells website Accessed 31 March 2022
- "POLIFEMO by Andrés Valero Castells (Spain)." WASBE. Web. (Featured as WASBE’s Composition of the Week, 25 November 2019). Accessed 18 January 2023