Zefiro Torna...
e 'l bel tempo rimena; for orchestra

John Rea
John Rea
Composition Date: 1994
Duration: 00:10:30
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:
Sometimes the wind operates in magical, sometimes in terrifying ways, be it in the storms at sea and on land... or in the adaptive geometry of a musical composition performed for the first time in an elegant drawing-room or aristocratic Kammermusiksall. But the most mysterious place for the wind to work its wonders is in the human heart, for storms are located here as well.
The title of my composition makes reference to the sonnet of the same name written by Francesco Petrarca (his first on the death of his beloved Laura) and set almost three hundred years later as a five-voice madrigal by Claudio Monteverdi.

Monteverdi's music becomes for me a kind of cantus firmus which, during the course of its journey through my composition, engages in a dialogue with other musics, with other ancient winds of a more ominous nature, finally to emerge just at that moment when the gentle and agreeable wind Zephyr returns... again.

Zefiro torna was commissioned by Alex Pauk, music and artistic director of the Esprit Orchestra of Toronto, thanks to a grant from the Canada Council. The work is dedicated to Mario Bertoncini, inventor, pianist and composer of aeolian music.

J. R.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 R281ze
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 2, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (72 p.) ;
    72 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour orchestre: 2[1/pic.2/pic] 2 2 2 - 2 2 0 0 - 2perc - pf - str[].
    En 1 mouvement
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec.
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