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·                 Danzas Latinoamericanas

·                           I.   Otoño en Buenos Aires (Autumn in Buenos Aires)

·                           II.  Pan de Azúcar (Sugar Loaf)

·                           III. Atardecer Tapatío (Sunset in Guadalajara)

Duration: 10 minutes total (each movement is approximately 3 minutes long)

All movements can be performed independently

Danzas Latinoamericanas (Latin American Dances) was originally commissioned by Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto. It is based on some of the national dances of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico respectively.

·        Otoño en Buenos Aires, is indebted to the concert-style tangos of Astor Piazzolla, as well as the extraordinary songs of Carlos Gardel. 

·       Pan de Azúcar is named after the famous mountain in Rio de Janeiro. It echoes the sensuous music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and the exuberant vitality of the works of Heitor Villa-Lobos.

·        Atardecer Tapatío is inspired by Mexican folk-dance music and the sound of “mariachi” bands. It is a tribute to the composer’s homeland. 

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La Alborada de la Esperanza (The Dawn of Hope)

Duration: 4 minutes

The inspiration for this composition is the journey from darkness to light that happens when someone faces a challenging situation and is able to turn around and focus on a more positive future to come. Even though there is some struggle and melancholy in this journey, it gets transformed into hope. The result is a surprisingly luminous composition. It's a very tonal and lyrical and it is dedicated to French cellist Sébastien Hurtaud. The piano and cello version was premiered by Sébastien Hurtaud and Pamela Hurtado as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11th, 2018. The version for cello and string orchestra was premiered during the World Youth Days in Panama on January 24th, 2019. 

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Estampas Mexicanas

I.                           I.  Ferial (Parade)

II.                         II. Danza del Pájaro Sagrado (Dance of the sacred bird)

          III.Teotlalli (Land of Gods)

 

Duration: 10 minutes total (each movement is approximately 3 minutes long)

The first and third movements can be performed independently

 

Estampas Mexicanas (Mexican Vignettes) is a suite for orchestra featuring Mexican folk elements. The composer was inspired by the rhythmic vitality of the music of Carlos Chávez, the ritualistic mysticism of the works of Silvestre Revueltas, and the lyrical melodies of Manuel M. Ponce.

 

·        Ferial is a festive parade of simple, colorful, folk-like tunes and rhythms. The opening of this movement pays homage to composer Carlos Chávez, paraphrasing the opening measures of his "Sinfonía India". But in contrast to Chávez’ work, Elizondo uses this rhythmic material in a lighter manner to propel his festive melodies and create a festive tapestry of sounds.

·        Danza del Pájaro Sagrado The second movement is an imagined Aztec ritual invocation of the sacred bird. The orchestration is sparse and symbolic. The heartbeat of the volcano is heard in the bass drum. The ritual dance steps of the priest are evoked by the rhythm of the congas. The layered musical in the strings creates a musical step-pyramid that the piccolo melody climbs to invoke the sacred bird.

·        Teotlalli includes a celebratory statement of this movement’s main theme in a symphonic version of the mariachi band.

 

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Sefika’s Menuetto

Duration: 8:30 minutes

Şefika’s Menuetto is a sweet, lyrical piece for flute and string orchestra, dedicated to Şefika Kutluer. The composer chose musical material he had written during some of the most memorable moments of his life, revisiting and reinterpreting it to create an amalgamated canvas upon which he could present flute melodies that are at times playful and uplifting, and at times nostalgic and more meditative.

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