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Symphony No 8 (Bourgeois)

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Derek Bourgeois

Derek Bourgeois (trans. by composer)

Subtitle: The Mountains of Mallorca

This work bears the designation Opus 184.

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 1:18:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: HAFABRA Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €499.00   |   Score Only (print) - €100.00 (individual movements also available separately)


Part 1 - Serra de Tramuntana
1. Massanella – 12:40
2. Puig Major – 11:20
3. Teix – 12:00

Part 2 - Serra de Artà
4. Morey – 12:25
5. The Artà Fugue – 18:45
6. Mont Ferrutx – 10:45


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (I doubling B-flat Soprano Saxophone)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Almglocken (6)
  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos (4)
  • Chimes (extended high range required (high G))
  • Congas (2)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Cuíca
  • Flexatone
  • Lion's Roar
  • Marimba
  • Rototoms
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone (with motor)
  • Vibraslap
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The symphony consists of two parts of three movements each. The two parts separate the two most important mountain ranges: Part 1, Serra de Tramuntana and Part 2, Serra de Artà. Each movement represents a mountain or (in the case of the 5th movement) a mountain region.

1. Massanella. Massanella is the second tallest mountain on the island of Mallorca in the middle of the Serra de Tramuntana range, and is a beautiful shape with twin peaks. Both summits are walkable.

2. Puig Major. Puig Major is the tallest mountain on the island, but unfortunately is closed to visitors and climbers because there is an important military installation on the top. What better excuse to make the movement a march?

3. Teix. Teix is a spectacular mountain with gorgeous views to Deia in the north, where Robert Graves lived and worked, and Soller to the east. The way up is known as the bridle path of the Archduke where a corpulent nobleman of old used to ride on a large white horse.

4. Morey. Morey is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Artà range. It has a sheer face to the north looking out to sea over the bay of Alcudia. The climb from the south side is very steep and very long. I lost both big toenails reaching its peak, which goes a long way in explaining the sombre mood of the music.

5. The Artà Fugue. Artà is the capital town in the Serra de Artà range. It is a charming old town with narrow streets which, like so many in Mallorca, were never designed for the motor car. Artà has a progressive arts policy and a magnificent new concert hall. The temptation to write a movement with this title was overwhelming, but it was a lot of hard work!

6. Mont Ferrutx. Mont Ferrutx is a mountain of most imposing shape. From the north it looks an unclimbable, sheer, monolithic edifice. Its name is very close to the Mallorquin for "ferocious," which suits its looks admirably. However from the south side it is a fairly easy stroll to the peak. I have been up this mountain several times and it never ceases to thrill, although it is not those subject to vertigo.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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