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Symphony No 6 (Brotons)

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Salvador Brotons

Salvador Brotons

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Subtitle: Concise

This work bears the designation Opus 122.

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 25:55
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Brotons & Mercadal
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - €35.00


1. Frontal – 6:30
2. Procession – 5:20
3. Scherzo – 3:50
4. Passacaglia – 4:40
5. Finale - 5:30


Full Score
Flute I-II-III-IV-V (III doubling C Piccolo; IV & V optional)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)

Cello (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Symphony No. 6 Concise was written during the summer of 2011 for the Lira Castellonera Symphonic Band of Villanueva de Castellón (Valencia) and its conductor José Tello, to be presented as their free-choice work in the 2012 Bands Contest in Valencia. I conceived this symphony for the sonority of a large wind orchestra and percussion although I also wrote an adaptation for symphony orchestra.

After Symphony No. 5 ‘Mundus Noster’, a long, programmatic piece in four movements (premièred by the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya in March 2011), this Sixth Symphony is considerably shorter and does not follow an established external programme. It is characterised as pure music. It has five direct movements, without much development or thematic manipulation, hence the subtitle ‘Concise’.

The movements proceed in the following order:

I. Frontal
II. Procession
III. Scherzo
IV. Passacaglia
V. Finale

Frontal, as the title suggests, is a fast movement with a direct impact. A modified sonata form follows, with a spirited and energetic first theme while the second, presented by the oboe, is lyrical and intimate. Procession has a ceremonial character. The main theme is first presented by the euphonium, over a march rhythm. Various relaxed solo interventions follow, after which a period of high tension leads to the reinstatement of the main theme, this time brightly orchestrated. A process of relaxation closes the movement as it disintegrates.

The Scherzo is short, colourful and very fast, with irregular and continuous metre changes. The rhythmic passages alternate with others of a very lyrical character, which, along with the instrumental virtuosity, give the movement great vivacity and contrast.

A series of ten notes lifted from the Scherzo serves as the ostinato theme of the Passacaglia. Full of considerable dramatic contrast, the Passacaglia starts mysteriously in the lower register and gradually, following a complex contrapuntal process, expands to reach an explosive fortissimo which links to the Finale. Lively and dynamic, the last movement matches the directness of the first. Two main themes dominate the movement, the first rhythmic, lively and very expansive, while the second is more lyrical. Brief references to themes from the first and second movements appear in the short central section to prepare a shortened recapitulation and a brilliant coda briefly recalling the Passacaglia.

- Program Note by composer

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Societat Musical La "Lira Castellonera" de Villanueva de Castellón (José Tello Espert, conductor) – 2012

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