A reflection on Victoria's Ave Maris Stella
Stella was commissioned by Stephen Fry for Suzi Digby OBE and the singers of ORA. This five-minute piece is a reflection on Tomás Luis de Victoria's Ave Maris Stella. Victoria has been always a model for me as a composer. I especially admire his music’s textural clarity, the luminosity of its harmony, and the personal expression of its melodic lines. This is not the first time my music has been directly related to Victoria; in 2013, I quoted the Requiem in the fourth movement of my symphonic work Mural.
This commission has been generously supported by Stephen Fry.
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Francisco Coll (b. Valencia, 1985) studied at the Valencia and Madrid Conservatoires before moving to London as a private pupil of Thomas Adès (his only pupil to date).
Coll’s music has received the advocacy of some of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Luxembourg Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In March 2014 his chamber opera Café Kafka (a co-commission from Aldeburgh Music, Opera North and the Linbury Studio – Royal Opera House) premiered to great acclaim: ‘This could be a classic’ wrote The Independent, ‘Coll is a major talent’ wrote BBC Music Magazine. Coll’s transcription of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder for Ensemble Intercontemporain premiered at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam in October 2015, and he made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 with the London premiere of his Four Iberian Miniatures for violin chamber orchestra.