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·                 Danzas Latinoamericanas / Latin American Dances

·                           I.   Otoño en Buenos Aires / Autumn in Buenos Aires

·                           II.  Pan de Azúcar / Sugar Loaf

·                           III. Atardecer Tapatío / Sunset in Guadalajara

·        Commissioned by and dedicated to Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto

·        Length: 10 to 15 minutes for all 3 movements (depending on the version)

·        Mood: festive, lyrical, Latin, energetic

·        Movements: Three movements. They can be performed as a suite or independently

·        Description: Danzas Latinoamericanas is a suite inspired by dances from Argentina (tango), Brazil (bossa nova), and Mexico (jarabe).

o   1. Otoño en Buenos Aires is a passionate tango that pays homage to the music of Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Gardel.

o   2. Pan de Azúcar is named after the famous mountain in Rio de Janeiro. It is inspired by Brazilian bossa nova. It echoes the sensuous music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Heitor Villa-Lobos. The melodies in this piece are expressive, melancholic and peaceful, with a general mood of "joyful serenity".   

o   3. Atardecer Tapatío is inspired by Mexican jarabe folk-dance music and the sound of “mariachi” bands. The music is worry-free, festive and full of life. It is a tribute to the composer’s homeland. 

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Chamber Ensemble

(strings, piano, 1 clarinet in Bb, 1 trumpet)

*Strings can be a string orchestra or a string quintet

score & parts - movement #3

 

 

 

 

String Trio + Piano

(violin, viola, cello, piano)

score & parts (all 3 movements)

 

 

 

 

String Quartet + Piano

score & parts (all 3 movements)

 

 

 

 

String Quartet (with piano) + Flute soloist

score & parts (all 3 movements)

audio - movement #1

 

 

 

 

audio - movement #3

 

 

 

String Quartet

score & parts (all 3 movements)

audio - movement #1

video - movement #1

 

audio - movement #2

video - movement #2

 

audio - movement #3

video - movement #3

 

 

String Quintet

score & parts (all 3 movements)

 

 

 

 

Cello + 2 Violins + Bass

score & parts (movement #1)

 

 

 

 

Cello + Viola + Violin + Bassoon

score & parts (all movements)

 

 

 

 

Cello + Violin + Piano

score & parts (all 3 movements)

 

video (all 3 movements)

 

 

 

La Alborada de la Esperanza / The Dawn of Hope

·        Commissioned by and dedicated to French cellist Sébastien Hurtaud

·        Length: 4 minutes

·        Mood: contemplative, lyrical

·        Description: "The Dawn of Hope" is a composition about the journey from darkness to light. Just as the light of the rising sun dissipates the darkness of the night, and fills us with the promise of a bright and beautiful new day, hope and compassion give light to life's challenges and remind us that we can overcome adversity and focuses on the hope of a better future.

·        Premiere: 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. 

·        Programming notes: This piece can be performed as a suite in combination with other compositions by Elizondo. For example:

o   “The Dawn of Hope”, “Limoncello”, Crepúsculos (Twilights)

o   “The Night of the Moon”, “The Dawn of Hope”, “Cherry Blossoms”

o   “The Night of the Moon”, “The Night Flower”, “The Dawn of Hope”

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String Quartet

score & parts

audio

video

 

 

String Quintet

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Cello + Violin + Piano

score & parts

audio

video

 

 

 

Estampas Mexicanas / Mexican Vignettes

I.                           I.  Ferial (Parade)

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

          III.Teotlalli (Land of Gods)

·        Length: 10 minutes total for all 3 movements (each movement approximately 3 mins)

·        Mood: festive, joyful, Mexican, energetic, rhythmic

·        Movements: Suite in 3 movements. The first and third movements can be performed independently.

·        Description: Estampas Mexicanas is a suite 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.

o   1. 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 a set of simple tuneful melodies, and to create a festive tapestry of sounds.

o   2. Danza del Pájaro Sagrado is an imagined Aztec ritual invocation of the sacred bird. The orchestration is sparse and symbolic.

o   3. Teotlalli includes a celebratory statement of this movement’s main theme in a symphonic version of the mariachi band. The mood for this movement is energetic and full of life.

·        Premiere: The first performance of this piece was on December 9th, 1995 with the MIT Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Epstein (reading conducted by Alan Pierson). The professional premiere of this piece was on July 6th, 1996 with the San Jose Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonid Grin.

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Chamber Ensemble

(strings, piano, 1 clarinet in Bb, 1 trumpet, 1 “optional” percussionist)

*Strings can be a string orchestra or a string quintet

score & parts (movements #1 & #3)

 

 

 

String Quartet

score & parts (all 3 movements)

audio - movement #1

video (movements #1 & #3)

audio - movement #3

 

String Quintet

score & parts (all 3 movements)

audio - movement #1

video (all 3 movements)

audio - movement #2

audio - movement #3

 

Cello + Viola + Violin + Flute

score & parts (movement #1)

 

 

 

 

Set me as a seal upon thine heart (Grábame como un sello en tu corazón)

·        Commissioned and dedicated to Alix and Ian Fox

·        Length: 6 minutes

·        Mood: lyrical, romantic, with Baroque influences

·        Description: Originally written for organ, French horn and baritone, the piece is based on a biblical text from King Solomon’s “Song of Songs”, and was written on occasion of a wedding. The musical inspiration for the composition came from Mendelssohn’s choral piece, “Verleih uns Frieden”, and from the magnificent sound of the pipe organ in Trinity Church in Boston.

·        Premiere: The original version of this piece was premiered by baritone Gerrit Peterson, organist Ross Wood, and French horn player Fred Aldrich at Trinity Church in Copley Square in Boston on September 11th, 1999. The orchestra version was created especially for Turkish flutist Sefika Kutluer and was performed for the first time in her album “Latin Romance” by Sefika, accompanied by the Bratislava Strings Orchestra, conducted by Marian Lejava. The recording took place on 2013 in Slovakia.

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String Orchestra + Flute soloist

(also works for String Quintet + Flute soloist)

score & parts

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String Quartet + Flute soloist

score & parts

 

 

 

 

Sefika’s Menuetto

·        Dedicated to Turkish flutist Sefika Kutluer

·        Length: 8:30 minutes

·        Mood: lyrical, romantic

·        Description: Şefika’s Menuetto is a sweet and lyrical piece. 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 new flute melodies, created for Sefika Kutluer, that are at times playful and uplifting, and at times nostalgic and more meditative.

·        Premiere: This piece was premiered by Sefika Kutluer in her album “Latin Romance”. Sefika was accompanied by the Bratislava Strings Orchestra, conducted by Marian Lejava. The recording took place on 2013 in Slovakia.

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String Orchestra + Flute soloist

(also works for String Quintet + Flute soloist)

score & parts

audio

video

 

String Quartet + Flute soloist

score & parts

 

 

Mondnacht / The Night of the Moon / La Noche de la Luna

·        Commissioned by Benedict Klöckner

·        Dedicated to Benedict Klöckner, Yury Revich and Danae Dörken

·        Length: 4 minutes

·        Mood: cinematic, lyrical

·        Description: The composer was inspired by the poem “Mondnacht” by Baron Joseph von Eichendorff and the idea of the light of the moon shimmering on the surface of a gently flowing river. This is a piece about how people can find beauty and serenity in life, in spite of seemingly unsurmountable difficulties. The light of the moon projecting its silver shimmery beauty onto the peaceful surface of a river, in spite of the turbulent undercurrent.

·        Premiere: The cello, violin and piano trio version of this piece was premiered by cellist Benedict Klöckner, violinist Yury Revich and pianist Danae Dörken, on July 11th, 2021 at the Rhein Mosel Halle in Koblenz, Germany.

·        Programming notes: This piece can be performed as a suite in combination with other compositions by Elizondo. For example:

o   “The Night of the Moon”, “The Dawn of Hope”, “Cherry Blossoms”

o   “The Night of the Moon”, “The Night Flower”, “The Dawn of Hope”

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Piano, Cello & Violin

score & parts

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Cherry Blossoms / Cerezos en Flor

·        Dedicated to Benedict Klöckner and Clémence de Forceville

·        Length: 4 minutes

·        Mood: cinematic, lyrical

·        Description: This is a piece about grace in the face of great sorrow, and how the simplest most delicate things in life can sometimes produce the deepest effects in our hearts.

·        Programming notes: This piece can be performed as a suite in combination with other compositions by Elizondo. For example:

o   “The Night of the Moon”, “The Dawn of Hope”, “Cherry Blossoms”

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SCORE AND PARTS

SAMPLE AUDIO

YOUTUBE VIDEO

 

Piano, Cello & Violin

Score and parts will be available on October 2022 after the premiere