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68. SINFONIA Op. 68 (2010-2012) ca. 60'
For symphony orchestra

Andante assai
Ocaso de los Shamanes
Scherzo (demo)
Reguethoven en los Tiempos del Ruido

Program Notes

50. SINFONIA BUROCRATICA ED’ AMAZZONICA (2004) ca. 18’
La Leçon
Anaconda
Guasarana
Bananera
Death of the Automobile

New Juilliard Ensemble conducted by Joel Sachs

 

Program Notes


1.1.3(II=picc,III=bss).2(II=ctrbsn)-1.1.1.1-timp.perc(2): cwbl(med&lrg)/picc tgl/cyms(+sizzl)/gong (L.)/rim/metl plate/assrtd cans&metl objcts (rattly cwbls) /gongs:A,Eb,Db/güiro/tin torpedo (metallic güiro)/sml maracas/shell shkr or chekre/bngs(stnd)/snr/sml tom/med wdbl/large wood rimmed tom (tambora)/pedl bss dr-marimba-vibraphone-harp-strings (1.1.1.1.1 to 8.6.4.4.3)


Commissioned by Joel Sachs for the New Juilliard Ensemble
Premiered at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City on November 19, 2004 by the New Juilliard Ensemble,
conducted by Joel Sachs


47. THE TWO SEASONS (OF THE CARIBBEAN TROPICS) (2003) ca. 22’
Concerto for violin, strings and harpsichord

Invierno/Rainy Season
Goteras (Roof Leaks)
Coquiloquio (Frog Assembly)
Wipers Gigavalse/Deslave (Wipers Gigavalse/Landslide)

Verano/Dry Season
Noche del grillo transformado (Night of the Transfigured Cricket)
Cumbión tostao (Big Toasted Cumbia)
Polo quemao (Burnt Polo - Venezuelan song form)

Virginie Robilliard, violin with the Orchestra of the Mozarteum Foundation, conducted by Olivier Grangean

 

Program Notes


solo violin-harpsichord-strings (4.3.2.2.1)


Commissioned by the Cultural Attaché of the French Embassy in Caracas for violinist Virginie Robilliard

Premiered at Sala Corpbanca in Caracas in Dec. 2003 by Virginie Robilliard, violin and the Orchestra of the Mozarteum Foundation, conducted by Olivier Grangean; Canadian premiere in December 2004 with Alexis Cárdenas, violin and I Musici de Montréal, conducted by Yuli Turovsky; New York premiere at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in January 2009 with Virginie Robilliard, violin and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted by Michael Christie

41. EL RETO: LEYENDA DE FLORENTINO Y EL DIABLO (2002-2003) ca. 30’
Cantata for tenor, baritone, narrator, chamber orchestra, and traditional Venezuelan instruments including diatonic harps, bandola, cuatro, maracas, Afro-Venezuelan percussion
Texts by Alberto Arvelo Torrealba

Introduction
El Reto

Camerata Criolla and Ensamble Gurrufío from their CD El Reto with William Alvarado, narrator and baritone / Argenis Sánchez, tenor / Francisco Pacheco, baritone

fl, ob, cl, bass cl, bsn, alt sx, Fr hr, trp, tbn, 2 perc (quitiplás, congas, bombo, wb, cwbl, toms), maracas, string orchestra (minimum 2 stands of 1st vlns; amplified acoustic bass), Venezuelan instruments: harp, bandola, cuatro

Commissioned by Camerata Criolla and Ensamble Gurrufío
Premiered at the Teatro de Teresa Carreño in Caracas in December 2003 by Camerata Criolla and Ensamble Gurrufío, conducted by Manuel Hernández Silva


39. JAGUAR SONGS FOR SOLO CELLO (2002) ca. 20’

Gitane
Tombeau pour l'Amazonie
Gavotte
Birimbao / Jaguar

Paul Desenne, cello

 

Program Notes

 

Composed for French cellist Iseut Chuat
Premiered at Galería Sextante in Bogotá, Colombia on May 7, 2003 by Paul Desenne, cello; European premiere at the Venezuelan Cultural Centre in London, July 2003, with Paul Desenne, cello


33. PAJARO-GUARACHA (2001) ca. 3' 30''
For four celli (or multiples of)

 

Pájaro-guaracha
Nancy Green, cello


Commissioned by Cello in New York
12 celli version premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in August 2005 by members of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra


31. THE GLASS BAMBOO FROG CONSORT (1995-2001) ca. 9' 30''
For four celli (or more)


The Glass Bamboo Frog Consort
Nancy Green, cello

 

Commissioned by Cello in New York
Premiered at the Beauvais Cello Festival in France in May 2001 by Cello
12 celli version premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in August 2005 by members of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra


30. LA REVOLTOSA (2000) ca. 18’
Venezuelan rhapsody for violin or piccolo clarinet (Eb) and piano


La Revoltosa

Jorge Montilla, clarinet

Gail Novak, piano


Commissioned by the Cisneros Foundation for violinist Alexis Cárdenas
Transcribed for piccolo clarinet and piano in 2005 for Jorge Montilla
Clarinet version premiered and recorded at the University of Arizona in 2006 by Jorge Montilla, clarinet


29. HAYDN TUYERO, CHICHARRAS, GALEONES (2000) ca. 12’
Trio for flute, English horn or clarinet, and violin or cello, in two movements (with pre-recorded track of cicadas)

First Part
Second Part

Luis Julio Toro, flute / Jaime Martínez, English horn / Paul Desenne, cello

 

Program Notes


Commissioned by Gustavo Cisneros
Premiered at Hacienda Carabobo, near Caracas, on June 10, 2000 by Luis Julio Toro, flute, Jaime Martínez, English horn, and Paul Desenne, cello; US premiere in Durham, North Carolina in 2004 by the Mallarmé Players

 

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