Sombras
for orchestra

Instrumentation:

3332 - 3231 - 2perc.timp.harp.celesta - strings

Duration:

7'

Year of composition:

1983

Premiere:

National Centre for Orchestral Studies / conducted by Adrian Leaper

St John’s Smith Square, London, 31 January 1986

­­The title (Shadows) alludes to the patterns of light on the gigantic ferns growing in the tropical micro-climate of the Kibble Palace in Glasgow’s Botanical Gardens.

Sombras was co-winner of the Ralph Vaughan Williams/SPNM Orchestral Award 1985.

 

S.M.

… quickly stimulat[es] the listener’s interest in the subtle patterns of light and shade of its richly woven tendrils

 

Robert Henderson, Daily Telegraph, 3 February 1986