Clarice Assad

(2013) Saravá

Overture For Orchestra

Duration:c.a. (5 minutes) | Commissioned by Fundação OSESP

Program Notes

Saravá, for orchestra, is an homage to Vinicius de Moraes, a Brazilian poet, playwright, diplomat, songwriter, and lyricist of many songs that became classics in the Brazilian music repertoire.  The piece celebrates his life and legacy, highlighting aspects of his career that encompass an enormous body of works, including essays, poetry, lyrics, and his famous play Orfeu da Conceição, later adapted into the film Black Orpheus.

During this piece, there are hints from his encounters and collaborations with some of Brazil’s most celebrated composers, such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Claudio Santoro, Baden Powell, Edu Lobo, Ary Barroso, Pixinguinha, and Toquinho, among others.   The work itself is not necessarily tied to the musical sonorities of his time; in fact, it was conceived as an improvisation: free, emotional, and exuberant as I saw fit to celebrate such an iconic and seminal composer.


Flute 1-2
English Horn
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bassoon 1 & 2
Horn 1-4

Trumpet 1-4
Trombone 1-2
Bass Trombone
Percussion 1-3 (*)

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