Shakespeare inspired one of the works most performed and loved by music lovers: The Midsummer Night's Dream by Mendelssohn –an example of stage music, written in 1842 at the request of King Frederick William IV of Prussia, on the occasion of a performance of this Shakespeare play. The popular set of fragments including as the well-known Wedding March, the Nocturne and the jolly Scherzo, has delightful music, perfect to describe Shakespearean Vaudeville. Nocturnes, by Debussy, written around 1899, reformulates the romantic nocturne repertoire that Chopin had popularized for the piano. The piece is divided into three movements: Nuages [Clouds], Fêtes [Festivals] and Sirènes [Mermaids], soundscapes inspired by an eponymous series of impressionist paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler. The scenes evoke in us the impressions of Debussy as he watched the very slow movement of the cloudy sky, the motion of the stars in the evening and incessant movement of the waves in the sea. The taste for writing nocturnes also lives on in today's music. This is the case of the Majorcan Antoni Parera Fons: his Nocturn per a un capvespre blau was premiered by the OBC in 2008 and is a magnificent gateway to the work of one of the most versatile composers of the Catalan Countries.
Josep Pons, conductor
Female Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
PARERA FONS: Nocturn per a un capvespre blau
MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Selection