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André Previn

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Owls (2008)
G Schirmer Inc
Year Composed
10 Minutes
Programme Note
André Previn Owls (2008)
2 October 2008
Boston Symphony Orchestra
André Previn, conductor
Boston, MA

Note: A fifteen-minute tone poem which flows along peacefully, Owls is a study in timbres and sonority. The paired winds that open the work also state the main motif, which returns throughout in various guises.

Owls is easily accessible, openly lyrical. It's a brief work, less than 10 minutes long, with a humble story behind its title: Previn one day discovered two baby owls that had fallen from a tree in the woods behind his home in England, and he was moved by their recovery and return to the wild. In his score, Previn runs with the idea of animals spotted in groups of two, dispensing woodwind instruments in pairs. The strings often speak in one massed voice, swelled up in lush sonorities...
Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe,04/10/2008
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