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Stephen Montague
Intrada 1631

Stephen Montague (b. 1943) was born and educated in the United States but has been living in Europe since 1972, first as a Fulbright Scholar in Warsaw (1972 to 1974) and since 1974 in London where he works as a freelance composer. His works have been performed worldwide by leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), Sudwestfunk Symphony (Baden-Baden), the Hillard Ensemble, The Smith Quartet, pianists Stephen Kovacevich, Joanna MacGregor, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Emmanuel Ax and percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

The music for Intrada 1631 was composed by Franciscan missionary priest called Juan Perez Bocanegra who lived and worked in Cuzco, a small village east of Lima (Peru) in Jauja Valley during the early 17th century. Intrada 1631 uses Bocanegra’s 20-bar hymn as the basis for an expanded processional scored for the modern forces of a symphonic brass choir with field drums.” Stephen Montague arranged and set the source material in 2001 for a concert of early South American liturgical music directed by Jeffrey Skidmore at the Darington International Summer Music School (UK).