Performed across the UK and the US as well as in Australia, Sinfonia Pacifica is one of Glanville-Hicks’ better known and performed orchestral works. This work has also been recorded many times.
Formerly known as Sinfonia da Pacifica, the work was composed during 1952 – 1953 and uses smaller orchestral forces: single winds, single brass (no tuba), timpani, percussion and strings.
Some of the same thematic materials and textures are evident in her opera The Transposed Heads written just a year afterwards in 1954. The rhythms and stylistic elements found in Sinfonia Pacifica find their way into one of her later orchestral pieces Meditation for Orchestra written in 1965.
Meditation for Orchestra is ripe for a new concert presentation and is available for rental from Wise Music.
The Concourse Concert Hall