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André Previn

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Owls (2008)
G Schirmer Inc
Year Composed
10 Minutes
Programme Note
André Previn Owls (2008)
2 October 2008
Boston Symphony Orchestra
André Previn, conductor
Boston, MA

  • 28 MAY 2015
    All-Previn Concert
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Pacific Symphony
    Jaime Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello; Elizabeth Caballero, soprano; Joseph Horowitz, artistic adviser; Carl St. Clair, conductor

    Other Dates:
    29,30 May - Costa Mesa, CA
  • 30 APR 2010
    National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
    RTE National Symphony Orchestra
    Philip Martin, piano; William Eddins, conductor
  • 30 APR 2010
    United Kingdom
    RTE National Symphony Orchestra
    William Eddins, conductor
  • 23 OCT 2009
    Owls Country Premiere
    Tokyo, Japan
    NHK Symphony Orchestra
    André Previn, conductor

    Other Dates:
    24 October - Tokyo, Japan
  • 02 OCT 2008
    Owls World Premiere
    Boston, MA
    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    André Previn, conductor

    Other Dates:
    3,4,7 October - Boston, MA

Owls is easily accessible, openly lyrical. It's a brief work, less than 10 minutes long, with a humble story behind its title: Previn one day discovered two baby owls that had fallen from a tree in the woods behind his home in England, and he was moved by their recovery and return to the wild. In his score, Previn runs with the idea of animals spotted in groups of two, dispensing woodwind instruments in pairs. The strings often speak in one massed voice, swelled up in lush sonorities...
Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe,04/10/2008
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