Isaac Albéniz: Catalonia
Joaqúin Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre (Fantasy for a Gentleman) (1954) for flute & orchestra (arr. James Galway)
Manuel da Falla: El sombrero de tres picos (The Three Cornered Hat)
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, Amherst College
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra celebrates Family Weekend at Amherst College with performances of the vibrant concert music of continental Spain! From Visigoth liturgical chant; to the Renaissance motets of Victoria and Morales; to the zarzuelas of Calderón, Chuecca and Torroba; to the colorful and foundational exploitation of the guitar and native dance forms such as jota—Spain has a rich, rhythmic and widely emulated musical language reflecting subtle regional differences and Moorish and Islamic influences.
The concert opens with a fiery showpiece: Catalonia: Suite Populaire by Catalan piano virtuoso and composer Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), followed by Fantasia para un gentilhombre (Fantasy for a Gentleman) by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999). Originally for solo guitar and orchestra and written for legendary Spanish virtuoso Andres Segovia, Rodrigo's Fantasia is a suite of Iberian dances of varying styles ranging from the courtly to popular, and based on music of the 17th century Spanish composer and priest Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710). It will be performed by the members of the ASO flute section in the adaptation for solo flute by James Galway (1939- ).
The concert closes with music to the ballet El sombrero de tres picos (The three-cornered hat) (1919) by Spain's greatest 20th century composer, the Andalusian Manuel da Falla (1876-1946). Written for Diaghilev for Paris, with choreography by Massine and sets/costumes by Picasso, it tells of a town magistrate who attempts to seduce the wife of a local miller.
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