Osvaldo Golijov
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Sign of the Leviathan for horn and string orchestra to receive World Premiere July 13, 2015
Sign of the Leviathan for horn and string orchestra will receive its World Premiere on July 13, 2015 at Seiji Ozawa Hall in Lenox, MA. Horn soloist James Sommerville will perform the work along with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra under the baton of Ludovic Morlot. The work was commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center.

Golijov notes, "Like Balaam's, this piece was meant to be a curse, but it turned into a blessing. It's Chapter 41 in The Book of Job, but it's not just about the inscrutability and magnificence of the Leviathan—it is also about the monster's solitude and longing, and to express that there is an instrument, the French horn, and there is a musician, James Sommerville. The orchestra is only strings, to express color through densities, like in Rembrandt's etchings.

"Composing this piece for the Tanglewood Music Center's 75th Anniversary has a deep musical and personal meaning for me. I am grateful to this place and to the vision of its founders and its stewards."