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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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String Quartet + Piano

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String Quartet (with piano) + Flute soloist

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String Quartet

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String Quintet

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Cello + 2 Violins + Bass

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Cello + Violin

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Cello + Violin + Piano

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Cello + Violin + Guitar

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Violin + Piano

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Violin + Alto Saxophone + Piano

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Violin + Alto Saxophone

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Violin + Accordion

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Violin + Guitar

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Viola + Violin

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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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Violin soloist + String Orchestra

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String Quartet

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String Quintet

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Cello + Violin

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Cello + Violin + Piano

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Cello + Violin + Guitar

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Violin Solo

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Violin + Piano

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Violin + Guitar

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Unter dem Sternenhimmel des Rheins

             Under the starry sky of the Rhein / Bajo el cielo estrellado del Rín

·        Commissioned by and dedicated to Benedict Klöckner

·        Length: 4 minutes

·        Mood: epic, cinematic, lyrical

·        Description: This piece was commissioned by German cellist Benedict Klöckner as a companion piece for Bach’s Cello Suites. The composer was particularly inspired by maestro Klöckner’s performance of the Gigue in Bach’s Cello Suite #6, and even incorporates some quotes from that piece in his composition. In his attempt to include other elements that referenced maestro Klöckner’s homeland in Rhineland-Palatinate, he was inspired by the evocative landscapes and medieval castles of the region.

·        Premiere: Benedict Klöckner premiered this piece on July 5th, 2020 at Schloss Burg Namedy in Andernach, Germany. 

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Die Nachtblume / The Night Flower / La Flor Nocturna

·        Length: 4 minutes

·        Mood: contemplative, lyrical, tender

·        Note: This is the second movement of “The Legend of the Noble Knight”. It works very well as an independent piece.

·        Description: The composer was inspired by the poems of Baron Joseph von Eichendorff, and in particular, by the idea of the delicate and elusive “blue flower” that represents the balance of humanity with nature and spirituality. This piece attempts to provide a musical commentary about the ephemeral beauty and significance of The Night Flower (Die Nachtblume).

·        Premiere: Cellist Benedict Klöckner and violinist Yury Revich premiered this piece on July 11th, 2020 at Kloster Eberbach in Eltville am Rhein, Germany. 

·        Programming notes: This piece can be performed independently, or in its original setting, as the second movement of “The Legend of the Noble Knight”. Moreover, this piece can also be performed as a suite in combination with other compositions by Elizondo. For example:

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

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Die Legende des edlen Ritters

       The Legend of the Noble Knight / La Leyenda del Noble Caballero

·                           I.    Unter dem Sternenhimmel des Rheins / Under the starry sky of the Rhine

·                           II.   Die Nachtblume / The Night Flower

·                           III.  Der Triumph des edlen Ritters / The Triumph of the Noble Knight

·                           IV.  Einheit und Hoffnung / Unity and Hope

·        Commissioned by and dedicated to Benedict Klöckner

·        Length: 15 minutes

·        Mood: epic, cinematic, lyrical

·        Movements: Suite in four movements

·        Description:

o   1. Under the starry sky of the Rhine. This movement was originally written as a stand-alone piece and was commissioned by German cellist Benedict Klöckner as a companion piece for Bach’s Cello Suites. The composer was particularly inspired by Mr. Klöckner’s performance of the Gigue in Bach’s Cello Suite #6, and even incorporates some quotes from that piece in his composition. In his attempt to include other elements that referenced Mr. Klöckner’s homeland in Rhineland-Palatinate, he was inspired by the evocative landscapes and medieval castles of the region, as well as the legends associated with them.

o   2. The Night Flower. Inspired by the poems of Baron Joseph von Eichendorff led him to becoming enamored with the idea of the delicate and elusive “blue flower” that represents the balance of humanity with nature and spirituality. The second movement attempts to provide a musical comment about the ephemeral beauty and significance of the night flower.

o   3. The Triumph of the Knight. This movement uses the Gregorian Chant Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) and variations of it to represent the chant of the Lorelei, in an attempt to incorporate the legend of the unfortunate maiden-turned-enchantress associated with one of the geologic features of the banks of the Rhine.

o   4. Unity and Hope. This movement synthesizes the various musical and extra-musical themes introduced throughout the piece, bringing back, among other things, the melodies associated with the Bach Gigue from the Cello Suite #6.

·        Premiere: The violin and cello duet version of this piece was premiered by cellist Benedict Klöckner and violinist Yury Revich, on July 11th, 2020 at Kloster Eberbach in Eltville am Rhein, Germany. The premiere of the cello concerto version is scheduled for 2023.

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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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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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Piano, Cello & Violin

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Ling Ling’s Dance

·        Dedicated to Brett Yang and Eddie Chen of TwoSetViolin

·        Length: 2 minutes

·        Mood: playful, energetic

·        Description: This piece was written in response to a call for scores by the popular violinists and Internet personalities Brett Yang and Eddie Chen (TwoSetViolin), inspired in their mythical violin prodigy icon, Ling Ling.

·        Premiere: Ryan Yee, May 31st, 2021

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2 Violins

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Crepúsculos (Alpenglow)

·        Commissioned by and dedicated to Turkish flutist Sefika Kutluer

·        Length: 4:30 minutes

·        Mood: contemplative, lyrical

·        Description: Alpenglow is a specific type of twilight, consisting of a magical pinkish or orange light that appears at the top of the Alps right before the sun goes down. The piece is sweet but melancholic, with some elements of minimalist and impressionist inspiration. In the versions with piano, the piano plays a "moto perpetuo". This continuous stream of sound is sometimes sweet and tender, other times more angular, and sometimes it quotes the Gregorian chant of death, the "Dies Irae". It's meant to represent the inexorable passing of time, which includes moments of joy, sorrow, mourning, etc. The main melody of the soloist instrument is meant to be a comforting, warm and consoling presence that accompanies the listener in this meditation about life and death. The intention of the piece is to evoke a moment of joyful serenity.

·        Premiere: Sefika Kutluer, flute soloist. Ankara String Ensemble. December 25th, 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)

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String Orchestra (with piano) + Violin soloist

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Limoncello

·        Dedicated to Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto

·        Length: 4 minutes

·        Mood: light, serenely joyful

·        Description: Limoncello is a very sweet, peaceful, lyrical and tonal piece. It was written at the same time as “The Dawn of Hope” and “Crepúsculos” (Twilights), after the composer had lost someone very dear to him. While “The Dawn of Hope” is about acknowledging the challenges in life, but using the transforming energy of love and compassion to find hope for the future, Limoncello is about that moment in which one can smile again after a tragedy, and see the beauty of life again. “Crepúsculos” is a meditation about the inexorable passing of time. Even though “Limoncello” is "sunnier" and brighter than the other two pieces, it evokes a sense of noble gentleness and tenderness.

·        Premiere: Lowell Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Cela flute soloist and conductor. December 2019 (recording), January 2021 (album release).

·        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)

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String Orchestra with piano + Violin soloist

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String Orchestra + Violin soloist

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Cello + Violin

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Violin + Piano

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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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String Quartet

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String Quintet

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Cello + Viola + Violin + Flute

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Canción de Cuna (Lullaby)

·        Dedicated to WCRB Boston Classical Music radio personality Laura Carlo

·        Length: 4 minutes

·        Mood: contemplative, lyrical, tender

·        Description: As the title indicates, Canción de Cuna is a tender lullaby, hence its simplicity and the composer’s choice of a tonal, lyrical and straight-forward musical language.

·        Premiere: This piece was premiered by flutist Laura Vincent and guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan in 2002 or 2003 in the Greater Boston Area. 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 + Harp + Violin soloist

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Flute + Cello + Violin + Piano

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Princesa de Hadas (Fairy Tale Princess)

·        Commissioned by Prof. Patricio F. Mendez

·        Length: 4 minutes

·        Mood: lyrical, tender

·        Description: Princesa de Hadas was commissioned by Argentine poet Patricio Méndez in 1996. The orchestral version was created for Şefika Kutluer, who has championed it around the world. The title of this piece refers to a verse from a poem by Méndez, where he describes his beloved as a “fairy tale princess.” The musical material is deliberately simple, tonal, and lyrical, in an attempt to evoke the innocence and romanticism of the world created by the poet for his fairy tale princess.

·        Premiere: The original version of this piece was premiered in the mid 90’s in the Greater Boston Area. 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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