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Premiere of the opera-oratorio Sky Disc, by Ramon Humet and Rebecca Simpson

Posted by Soledad Sánchez Bueno on September 2, 2013  |  2 Comments

Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution: DbachmannAfter three years involving extensive research and intense work, the creative duo Rebecca Simpson (idea and libretto) and Ramon Humet (music) present their opera-oratorio Sky Disc (Himmelsscheibe / Disc del cel).

The first performance of Sky Disc will take place on 2nd October 2013, at Bühnen Halle Oper (Halle, Germany). Andreas Henning is musical director, G.H. Seebach is the stage director, costumes are by Ragna Heiny, with set-design by Hartmut Schörghofer and video by Anke Tornow. André Meyer is the dramaturg, Jens Petereit the choirmaster, and the soloists are Gerd Vogel (Fierket), Sandra Maxheimer (Guueren), Maria Petrasovska (Estria), Robert Sellier (Pyrpi) and Hiltrud Kuhlmann (Tamar), Ulrich Burdack (Boatman), Ki-Hyun Park (Priest), Julia Preußler (Boy) Kaori Sekigawa (Solo voice).  Rehearsals began at the end of June and, after the summer break, pick up again in September; librettist and composer will be in Halle to work directly with the production team.

Rebecca Simpson’s libretto uses the fact that, at the end of the Early Bronze Age of central and northern Europe, remarkable cultures were connected by trade and travel and elite bronze workers were the technology experts of the time.  The Nebra Sky-disc, unearthed in 1999 in Germany, is the world’s earliest known representation of the night sky. It encoded information that enabled the alignment of the solar and lunar calendars, allowing more effective agriculture. The libretto of the opera-oratorio Sky Disc contemplates the archeological object from today’s perspective in the choral sections, while the opera’s story takes place on a single day in the region where the Nebra Sky-disc was discovered: in the Bronze Age village where it belongs, on a river by night, and on the Mittelberg hill-top.

Ramon Humet’s music develops on two complementary performance levels, creating a musical form of complex evolution. On one hand there is the opera story with its dramatic action revolving around the archeological object, with a lively tempo on a human scale and precise and specific instrumentation. On the other hand, there is the oratorio with its choral sections comprising  reflections related to the object and the action, with a tempo that is spacious and fluid.

Sky Disc is a large-scale work, lasting 1 hour and 50 minutes, with 9 vocal soloists, a mixed choir (SATB) and symphonic orchestra. The opera-oratorio will be given sic performances: 2nd October, 6th October, 18th October, 23rd October, 9th and 24th November 2013, as part of the Bühnen Halle theatre’s Autumn-Winter season.  The theatre`s general programme can be downloaded SkyDisc-Dossier. The cast list and artistic credits, together with a synopsis and further explanation of the ideas behind the work, can be downloaded here.

Catalogues by composer now available

Posted by Cristina Martí on January 3, 2011  |  1 Comment

The free catalogues by composer are now available. In them you can locate all the works – scores, books and CDs – which have been published by Tritó and which are available in our shop.

You can download the following catalogues:

A symphonic spring for Ramon Humet

Posted by Leticia Martin on May 4, 2009  |  1 Comment

This season is proving to be a prolific one as regards Ramón Humet’s symphonic activity. The performances of “Escenas de pájaros” by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roberto Minczuk and the OBC conducted by Rubén Gimeno have been followed by a premiere: “Sol de primavera”, a work commissioned by the Auditorio Nacional de Música to mark its 20th anniversary. The work was performed for the first time on the 3 May at the Auditorio Nacional, and on 5 May at the Auditori Nacional de Cataluña, by the JONC conducted by Manel Valdivieso.

Following this premiere, Ramón Humet will also be present at the Festival de Verano (Summer Festival) in Tarragona, where “Gagaku” will be premiered by the OBC, who will also play “Un vent transparent” at the Auditorio de Vilaseca on 19 June.

Mexico-Spain Contemporary Music Festival

Posted by Leticia Martin on February 12, 2009  |  2 Comments

After a 25-year hiatus, Mexico and Spain once again co-organize a festival of contemporary music, this February 17 to 28, to present the leading exponents of the genre from both countries, along with poetry recitals and master classes in composition.

The new Spanish-Mexican Festival of Contemporary Music will revive artistic exchange and end a quarter of a century of isolation and lack of awareness of the work of musicians from either nation, says the director of the event, Marcela Rodriguez. “Now,” she adds, “we are going to reactivate the exchange and presentation of the latest from genre, with works of high quality in terms of composition and execution. They are fresh and define the vision and influences of each of the participants.”

She recalled that the original festival was organized by the Mexican Alicia Urrueta and the Spaniard Carlos Cruz de Castro. “It was called the Spanish-Mexican Festival and was held from 1973 to 1983. After that, contact between the composers from the two countries was broken off.”

She explained that the programme consists of concerts of chamber and electronic music. “There will be five world premieres and 17 pieces will be played for the first time in Mexico.”

In total, she said, there will be six concerts with pieces by Mexicans Lara Ana and Gabriela Ortiz, among others, and the Spaniards José Manuel López, Carlos Cruz de Castro, José Luis Castillo, Javier Arias, Jesús Rueda, Santiago Lanchares, Ramón Humet and Mercedes Zavala. She also highlighted the performances by the ensembles Onix and Catrina String Quartet, plus the piano soloists Carlos Apellániz and Alberto Rosado.

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Ramón Humet wins the “Ciutat de Tarragona” International Award for Musical Composition

Posted by Leticia Martin on December 19, 2008  |  Leave a comment

The score Gagaku by Ramón Humet has been chosen the winner of the 16th “Ciutat de Tarragona” International Award for Musical Composition. This was the jury’s decision after examining the thirty-two competing scores.
The prize money in this competition, organised by Tarragona City Council and sponsored by Repsol YPF and Spanish National Radio (RNE), amounts to 12,000 euros.

Gagaku, which lasts twelve minutes, is dedicated with thanks and admiration to the maestro Joan Guinjoan. The jury was made up of the musicians Tomás Marco, Héctor Parra, Vincent Paulet, Yves Prin, Zuriñe Gerenabarrena, Jean Pierre Dupuy and J. Mª Mestres-Quadreny. The winning work will be premiered in 2009 by the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.

During his career Ramón Humet has won awards such as the Montreal Olivier Messiaen International Composition Prize and the Queen Sofia and the Joaquín Rodrigo-Villa de Madrid Composition Prizes. He has received commissions for the Festival Òpera de Butxaca and the Ensemble Residencias among others.

Among his projects for the future three commissions deserve special mention, a symphony for the JONC (Joven Orquesta Nacional de Cataluña), a chamber work for the Festival Nous Sons (Oriol Aymat – Sílvia Vidal duet) and a commission from the Fundación Caixa Cataluña for the pianist Alberto Rosado.

Reported in the Diari de Tarragona and Further information at y

Ramón Humet’s Escenas de viento debuts in Montreal

Posted by Marcel Soleda on October 7, 2008  |  Leave a comment

“Escenas de viento” (TR634) for orchestra premieres today 30 September in Quebec (Canada) in a concert by the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Jacques Lacombe.

This work is the fruit of a commission by the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra awarded to Ramón Humet as the winner of last year’s Messiaen Composition Prize, organized by the orchestra and its principal director Kent Nagano, for his work Escenas de pájaros.

The music of Ramón Humet, with a highly personal language combining a characteristic melodic sensibility, rhythmic forms, strong contrasts and references to the natural world.

Premiere of Escenas del bosque, by Ramón Humet

Posted by Redacción on November 5, 2007  |  Leave a comment

This 3 December marks the premiere of the piano work Escenes del bosc (tercer quadern), composed for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation as the obligatory work for the Olivier Messiaen de la Ville de Paris Competition, a work published by Tritó Editores. The concert will be held at the Cité de la Musique, Paris. The same piece, along with books 1 and 2, will be performed in Barcelona in a monographic concert on this 18 December at the Sala Beckett in Barcelona within the 4×4 season. The programme also includes the works Homenaje a Martha Graham (absolute premiere) and Vent de l’Oest (absolute premiere). The concert also features the presentation of the of the CD by the composer Ramon Humet Escenas del Bosque.

Premier of Escenas de pájaros, Ramón Humet

Posted by Redacción on October 15, 2007  |  Leave a comment

This 18 and 19 October, the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra, under the direction of its principal conductor Adrian Leaper, will premiere in Spain the work by Ramon Humet Escenas de pájaros, which won the last Reina Sofía Composition Prize from the Ferrer Salat Foundation. At the concert the president of the Ferrer Salat Foundation, Sergi Ferrer Salat, will present the Catalan composer with the prize. Also present will be members of the jury who decided the prize: Cristóbal Halffter, Jesús Rueda, César Camarero, the orchestra conductor José de Eusebio and the winner of the 2005 Eneko Vadillo prize. This work also won the first Oliver Messiaen Composition International Prize from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. On the occasion of the award last January, the work saw its world premiere and the composer was commissioned to do another work for the Orchestra’s coming season. On the strength of these two important awards Mr Humet has received international commissions which give him an outstanding presence in the Canadian and French festivals. In addition to the commission from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra there is another from the Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea (CDMC) for the concert season at the Museo Reina Sofia Auditorium within the programme “Residencias”, by the renowned ensembles Trío Arbós and Neopercusión. Finally, he has received a commission from the Festival de Òpera de Bolsillo y Nuevas Creationes (Pocket Opera and New Creations) for the 2009/2010 season.

Ramon Humet receives International Composition Award by Olivier Messiaen for”Escenas de pájaros”

Posted by Marcel Soleda on January 19, 2007  |  Leave a comment

The prestigious Canadian prize taken by Ramon Humet includes a commission from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM), a radio broadcast of the winning work by Espace musique, recording of the work on CD conducted by Kent Nagano, a performance of a work written by the winner by an orchestra of Radio France, and a commission of a work for piano for the ACDA (Association pour la Création et la Diffusion Artistique) (Paris), in addition to a substantial cash prize.

In Spain, the same work also received Reina Sofia Prize. Escenas para pájaros was performed this past 10 January during the final round of the first Montreal International Composition Prize, under the direction of Jean-François Rivest, OSM conductor-in-residence. The members of the jury were: Maestro Kent Nagano, new musical director of the OSM, the composers Unsuk Chin (Korea), Peter Eötvös (Hungary), Gilles Tremblay (Canada) and Gilbert Amy (France), the jury chairman.

The competition, which is for orchestral works, came into being on the initiative of Kent Nagano. It is open to composers of all nationalities aged 40 years or younger, and its aim is to promote musical creation while developing ties between the OSM and the composers of today and in order actively to contribute to a renewal of the symphonic repertoire. The Tritó catalogue contains the following works by Ramon Humet: Tres Nocturns (Tritó), Encanteris per a piano (Amalgama)

World premiere of Ramon Humet’s Three Nocturnes

Posted by Marcel Soleda on September 26, 2006  |  Leave a comment

On 4th October the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM), conducted by José Ramón Encinar, premieres Ramon Humet’s Three Nocturnes at the Madrid Auditorio Nacional.

The work, written for soprano saxophone and orchestra, is inspired in three English poems of the 19th Century. It is the first work of this Catalan composer in the Tritó catalogue.

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