The Municipal Band of Barcelona will perform this Dutch composer’s Tolkien-inspired symphony at the Auditori on 4 February.
On Thursday 4 February, L'Auditori de Barcelona is scheduled to host a concert that will surely delight fans of Tolkien's books, or of the films that they inspired. Under the title Music and Literature. The Lord of the Rings Symphony, the Municipal Band of Barcelona, directed by Juan Miguel Romero, will perform Symphony No. 1 by the Dutch composer Johan de Meij, which is otherwise known as The Lord of the Rings Symphony.
When composing this symphony, Meij was inspired by the characters and descriptions in Tolkien's most famous novel. It premiered in Brussels in 1988 and was later released to great acclaim as an album by the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel. The symphony consists of five movements: Gandalf (The Wizard), Lothlórien (Elvenwood), Gollum (Sméagol), Journey in the Dark and Hobbits. The orchestra version was released in 2001.
As an appetizer, the Municipal Band of Barcelona will play Othello. A symphonic portrait in five scenes by Alfred Reed. The concert will begin at 6pm but will be preceded at 5pm by an introductory talk in which the musicologist María José Anglés will interview the conductor Miguel Romero.
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