Symphony n.1

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Joao MacDowell and concertmaster Kathia Pinheiro (OSTNCS), hours before the world premiere.

Sinfonia n.1  (Um Sonho Brasileiro)

  • Movimento 1: Alegro – Frevo Maracatu – Uma Noite
  • Movimento 2: Adagio – Toada – Ela Deseja
  • Movimento 3: Andante – Choro Samba – Aeroporto
  • Movimento 4: Vivo – Baião –  Outra Noite

(Classic format, with Brazilian themes and poly-modal harmonies.)


• Full recording of Premiere by the National Theater Orchestra:

Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro (OSTHCS) Brasília, conducted by Cláudio Cohen. March 18th 2014.



• Check video of complete performance by the Orquestra Sinfônica da UniCamp:

Conducted by Cinthia Alireti. Recorded April 9th 2014. Teatro Castro Mendes, Campinas SP – Brazil



Review of Symphony n.1 Premiere on Brazilian TV network Rede Globo:



Score and Parts available for performance upon request.


1 Piccolo
1 Flute
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets in Bb
2 Bassoons
4 Horns
2 Trumpets
2 Trombones
1 Tuba
Timpani (4 kettles)
3 Percussionists
Violins I, II

(I have provided slightly reduced arrangements for smaller orchestras. Please don’t hesitate to contact if your ensemble is short on horns, tuba, trombone, or percussionist. I also have an adaptation of the first movement for String Orchestra or String Octet.)


Percussion Set:

Percussion Player 1:
Bass Drum
Crash Cymbal
Caxixis (straw shakers)
Bird Whistles #2B (Uru)

Percussion Player 2:
Snare Drum (wodden, large 6.5′)
Zabumba (similar to a small marching band bass drum)
Brazilian Tamborim (small drum with metal rim)
Bird Whistles #2A (Inhambu)

Percussion Player 3
Suspended Cymbals
Wood Blocs
Triangle (large, forró type – play with rh mute – up down strokes)

Performance History:

• World Premiere March 18th 2014.

Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro. Under the baton of maestro Claudio Cohen. Teatro Pedro Calmon, SMU. 20hs Brasília, DF. Brazil

• Performances by the Oquestra Sinfonica da UniCamp, conducted by Cinthia Alireti:

April 3, 9 and 10th 2014

04/03 – Auditório do Departamento do Medicina da UniCamp. 04/09 no Teatro Castro Mendes em Campinas e 04/10 na Casa do Lago (Unicamp). 

Campinas, Sãp Paulo – Brazil


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