Clarice Assad

(2019) É Gol


Commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music

Program Notes

É Gol ! (2019)
Duration: 20 minutes


Clarice Assad (b. 1978)
World Premiere | Festival Commission.

É Gol ! is inspired by female Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva, who is often regarded as the best female footballer of all time.

The piece is scored for full orchestra and audience members who are not passive listeners but are part of the score as active participants. Audience members will be led in and out of sections by performing sound effects, singing, performing simple body percussion movements and other interesting textures that either match or contrast with the music played by the orchestra. The audience part, which is partly written and partly improvised, will be led by composer Clarice Assad. The work explores moments of Vieira da Silva’s life, culminating with a soccer match soundtrack finale.

—Clarice Assad

Clarice Assad is especially expressive, visually in conversation and on stage as a singing composer.”  (Read the Full Review) 


2 flutes + piccolo
2 oboes + English horn
3 clarinets
3 bassoons
4 horns
3 trumpets
3 trombones
4 percussion*


triangle, whip, bass drum, tamtam, drumset, toms, snare drum, djembe, congas, cymbals, woodblocks, suspended cymbals, tambourine, xylophone, castanets.

Cover Art by Orlando Pedroso | Graphic Design by Elis Ribeirete

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Clarice Assad scores another “GOAL” for Cabrillo. San Francisco Classical Voice.  By Lou Fancher.

“High spirited instrumentation and vocalizations contrasted with mood-altering, contemplative silence or sustained notes, an emphasis on rhythmic and melodic textures that draw from multiple cultures and eras, and an unbounded enthusiasm for language — Assad speaks fluent Portuguese, French, and English, and sings also in Spanish and Italian — are signature features informing the score. The percussion section alone has musicians playing triangle, whip, bass drum, tamtam (gong), drumset, toms, snare drum, djembe, congas, cymbals, woodblocks, suspended cymbals, tambourine, xylophone, castanets, and more.”

Is there a Recording of this piece available?

No. But an unlisted video of the whole piece can be found on youtube:


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