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Thea Musgrave

Publisher: Novello & Co

Remembering Bolívar (Suite from Simón Bolívar) (1994)
Work Notes
A concert work of excerpts from the opera Simón Bolívar. Libretto by the composer based freely on the life of Simón Bolívar: Spanish version by Lilian Groag
Novello & Co Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
35 Minutes
Soprano, Tenor, Baritone
Programme Note
Thea Musgrave Remembering Bolívar (Suite from Simón Bolívar) (1994)
The opera tells the story of this important Venezuelan hero, who liberated five South American countries from Spanish colonial rule and pursued unsuccessfully his further ideal of their political unification under one flag. Against the tumultuous forces of the period's struggles, Bolívar emerges as a passionate idealist — brilliantly successful as a liberator ("El Libertador"), but who was unable to achieve his dream of South American unity. The formation of those ideals, his personal charisma and passions, and his ability to compromise are all part of a historic story which resonates with renewed meaning in today's world.

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