Over the years the powerful sermons of Padre António Vieira (1608-1697) have become a major influence in my work; their profound themes and rich symbolism have been a continuous presence in my life, both from an artistic and humanist perspective. As a foundation for this orchestral composition, I chose a passage from the end of Sermão da Sexagésima (1655) in which Padre António Vieira uses the word “reverdecer”. I was struck, as this particular word can be used as a reference to the future – as in to grow and renew – but also to the past – as in recalling memories.
Reverdecer is dedicated to the memory of my parents and also to Jay Campell with friendship
A special thanks to Risto Niemenien at Gubenkian Música and Arthur Nestrovski at OSESP and an additional thank you to Maestro Nuno Coelho. A special thanks to Fred Sherry for his cello and encouragement.
Please Note: The premiere of Reverdecer has been postponed due to the pandemic. The Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra premiere will take place in the Fall 2022 and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo premiere will take place in 2023. Jay Campell will be the soloist in both the European and South American premieres.