The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies

for orchestra

Commissioned by Euskadiko Orkestra – Basque National Orchestra

Description

First performance: 15 October 2012 – Pamplona, Spain
Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Euskadiko Orkestra
Basque National Orchestra

 

First performance of the revised version: 31 January, 2013 Bordeaux, France
Conductor: Kwamé Ryan
Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine

 

I must confess that previous to receiving the commission for a short orchestral piece from the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa for their ‘30th anniversary’, I didn’t know much about Basque music except for that there’s an amazing instrument: the tamburo basco. Fortunately I found and listened to many traditional songs from Ximun Haran’s collection on Google; extraordinary pieces that sing without words or lyrics.

There’s one song in particular that stayed in my memory. When I was listening to this song a picture in my mind appeared: an eagle gliding high in the skies, floating up high without moving, with it’s wings wide open; the glance of the eagle; the rustling of it’s wings in the wind; the endless space; the feeling of complete freedom.

/Peter Eötvös – 2011/

Performances

25 Nov, 2019
Székesfehérvár, Hungary

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies

Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra
cond: Gergely Duboczky

8 Sep, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies, Alhambra - violin concerto

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle
Eötvös: Alhambra violin concerto
Xenakis: Shaar
Varese: Amérique

Isabelle Faust, violin
Cond.: Peter Eötvös

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

7 Sep, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies, Alhambra - violin concerto

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle
Eötvös: Alhambra violin concerto
Xenakis: Shaar
Varese: Amérique

Isabelle Faust, violin
Cond.: Peter Eötvös

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

24 Jul, 2019
London, UK

Eötvös: Alhambra violin concerto, Gliding of the eagle in the skies

BBC Proms

Bartók: Dance suite
Eötvös: Alhambra violin concerto
Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies
Stravinsky: Firebird suite

Isabella Faust, violin
Cond.: Peter Eötvös
BBC Symphony Orchestra London

7 Jul, 2019
Santander, Spain

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies
Beethoven: Violin concerto
Stravinsky: Petrushka

Cond.: Peter Eötvös

Santander Festival

3 May, 2019
Munich, Germany

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies, Halleluja oratorium

BR Orchestra,  cond. Peter Eötvös

8 Mar, 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies, Alle vittime senza nome, Halleluja - oratorium

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra
Hungarian Radio Choir
Müpa

7 Mar, 2019
Pécs, Hungary

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the sky, Alle vittime senza nome, Halleluja oratorium

Cond.: Peter Eötvös
Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra
Hungarian Radio Choir

1 Feb, 2019
Antwerpen, Belgium

Eötvös: Alle vittime senza nome, Gliding of the eagle in the skies

Debussy: Prelude l´apres-midi d´un faune
Eötvös: Alle vittime senza nome
Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies
Bartók: Concerto for orchestra

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra

25 Jan, 2019
Gothenburg, Sweden

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies, Cello concerto grosso, Alle vittime senza nome

Cond.: Peter Eötvös
Gothenburg Orchestra

24 Jan, 2019
Gothenburg, Sweden

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies, Cello concerto grosso, Alle vittime senza nome

Cond.: Peter Eötvös
Gothenburg Orchestra

18 Jan, 2019
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Alle vittime senza nome, Gliding of the eagle in the skies

Cond.: Eötvös
HR Orchestra
Alte Oper

17 Jan, 2019
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Alle vittime senza nome, Gliding of the eagle in the skies

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Hessischer Rundfunk Orchestra
Alter Oper

27 Nov, 2018
Dresden, Germany

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies, Seven

Staatskapelle Dresden,
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Akiko Suwanai, violin
Venue: Dresden Kulturpalast

10 Feb, 2017
Torino, Italy

Eötvös: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI
conductor: Gergely Madaras
Venue: Auditorium Arturo Toscanini

7 Jan, 2017
London, UK

Eötvös: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies

UK premiere
BBC Symphony Orchestra
cond.: Edward Gardner
Barbican Center London

16 Oct, 2016
Sao Paolo, Brazil

Eötvös: The gliding of the eagle in the skies

Tonhalle Orchestra
conductor: Lionel Bringuier

 

10 Oct, 2016
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Eötvös: The gliding of the eagle in the skies

Tonhalle Orchestra
conductor: Lionel Bringuier
Venue: Teatro Colon

 

30 Sep, 2016
Zürich, Switzerland

Eötvös: The gliding of the eagle in the skies

Tonhalle Orchestra
conductor: Lionel Bringuier

 

12 Jul, 2014
Szombathely, Hungary

Eötvös: The gliding of the eagle in the skies, DoReMi

International Bartók Festival

Akiko Suwanai, violin
Conductor: Gergely Madaras
Savaria Symphony Orchestra

22 May, 2014
Tokyo, Japan

Eötvös: Speaking drums, The gliding of the eagle in the skies, zeroPoints

Martin Grubinger, percussion
Cond.: Peter Eötvös
NHK Orchestra

1 Mar, 2014
Torino, Italy

Eötvös: The gliding of the eagle in the skies

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai
Conductor : Marco Angius
Auditorium

1 Feb, 2014
Huntsville, USA

Eötvös: The gliding of the eagle in the skies

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, USA
conductor: Gregory Vajda

24 Oct, 2013
Vienna, Austria

Eötvös: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies

Wiener Konzerthaus

 

31 Jan, 2013
Bordeaux, France

Eötvös: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies

World Premiere (Revision)
Conductor: Kwamé Ryan
Orchestra: Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine

 

19 Oct, 2012
San Sebastián, Spain

Eötvös: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies

Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Euskadiko Orkestra - Basque National Orchestra
Auditorio Kursaal

18 Oct, 2012
San Sebastián, Spain

Eötvös: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies

Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Euskadiko Orkestra - Basque National Orchestra
Auditorio Kursaal

17 Oct, 2012
Bilbao, Spain

Eötvös: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies

Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Euskadiko Orkestra - Basque National Orchestra
Palacio Euskalduna Jauregia

16 Oct, 2012
Vitória-Gasteiz, Spain

Eötvös: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies

Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Euskadiko Orkestra - Basque National Orchestra
Teatro Principal Antzokia

15 Oct, 2012
Pamplona, Spain

Eötvös: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies - World Premiere

Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Euskadiko Orkestra - Basque National Orchestra
Auditorio Baluarte

Details

Genre:
Duration:
11 minutes
Date:
2011

Publisher information

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies
Orchestra - Chamber Orchestra
11'33303 4331 402 14121086timp

3 Flutes (1st and 2nd also piccolo, 3rd also piccolo and alto flute)
3 Oboes (3rd also cor anglais)
3 Clarinets in A (3rd also bass clarinet)
3 Bassoons (3rd also Double bassoon)
4 Horns in F
3 Trumpets in Bb
3 Trombones (1st and 2nd Tenor trombone, 3rd Bass trombone)
1 Tuba

Timpani (also Bass drum and high Grelots)
Percussion (3 Players):

I. Conga,Tamburo basco, Crotales, Glockenspiel, Tubular bells, Triangel

II. Cajon, high (placed between conductor and concert master)
III. Cajon, low (placed between conductor and 1st Violoncello)

2 Harp

14 Violins I
12 Violins II
10 Violas
8 Violoncellos
6 Double basses

Further information

Some people believe that the Hungarian and Basque languages are related to one another. Although this theory is certainly wrong, the two are alike in that neither has anything to do with the languages of their neighbours. We may assume, then, that Peter Eötvös, the world-famous Hungarian composer/conductor, had some thoughts of his own about linguistic and cultural isolation when composing his short orchestral piece for the Basque National Orchestra in 2011/12.

One of the most popular Basque folk instruments are pipes like the high-pitched xirula and its somewhat larger cousin, the txistu. The Basques also use a great variety of drums and other percussion. (One may even find musicians who play the pipe with one hand and a drum with the other.) Accordingly, Eötvös uses a large percussion battery, including two cajóns—instruments shaped like wooden boxes that originated in Peru. His wind choir includes three piccolos, each tuned differently to evoke a folk instrument that is not always perfectly in tune. At the other end of the sound spectrum, the low brass (trombones and tuba) looms as a nearly-constant presence, playing their melodic fragments in majestic slow motion. The juxtaposition of very high and very low registers gives an idea of the vast spatial expanse in which the eagle of the title soars.

What begins as a trio of piccolos with percussion accompaniment soon expands into a section involving the full orchestra, with the slow, deep notes of the trombones and tuba against the faster, repeated-note patterns of the bassoons, horns and trumpets. A rhythmically active passage, using the asymmetrical meters characteristic of Basque folk music, is followed by a cadenza for solo violin in the highest register, a recall of the piccolo melody, and a surprise ending.

The first performance of The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies was given in Pamplona by the

Basque National Orchestra under Andrés Orozco-Estrada on October 15, 2012. The composer revised the score in 2015.

/Peter Eötvös – The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies – 2012, rev. 2015/

Peter Laki

 

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DIAPASON review – March 2020

 

CLASSICA review – March 2020

 

Sound

Recordings

Video

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Wien Modern, cond.: Cornelius Meister – 2013

hr-Sinfonieorchester
Cond.: Eötvös – 2019