Incipitfor symphony orchestra was written in 2015 following a commission from the OPART to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Following the world première in June of the same year, performed by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra at the City of the Arts and the Theatro Municipal, Incipit will now have its Portuguese première at the Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon, performed by the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra under Joana Carneiro‘s baton.
This concert will take place on the 15th of May, at 5.00 pm, and it will be followed by another performance in Porto, Casa da Música, on the 25th of June. Click here and here to know more about these performances.
Dedicated to Ben and Alrun Almeida Faria, this work is a response to an invitation made by two orchestras separated by an Ocean but that are connected by the same language. Not wanting to establish a direct relation with historic events or with other sources such as geographic, visual or musical, Tinoco’s first impulse lead him to revisit the writings of the Brazilian poet Manoel de Barros [1916-2014]. (…) It was then, through the language that we share, in spite of its different accents and tonalities, that I found my stimulus to compose this piece. Not being able to produce a faithful translation of Barros’ poem to English, I would nonetheless detach some of its imagery such as the references to [listening to] ‘the perfume of the rivers’, the ‘voice of the water with its blue accent’, or the [tracking of] ‘birds to find the blue’. (…)
On the 23rd of January, 6 p.m., Sala Suggia, Mei Yi Foo (piano) and the Casa da Música Porto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pablo Rus Broseta, will perform Diptych for piano and orchestra, a work composed by Luís Tinoco in 2005 and dedicated to Manuel Dias da Fonseca (1923-2015). The world première of this piece took place at this same venue in April 2005, performed by António Rosado and conducted by Martin André. Click here to listen to an excerpt of this performance, and here to know more about the forthcoming performance.