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PAUL DESENNE

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Complete Works | Symphonic | Concertos | Chamber | Brass and Percussion | Guitar / Theorbo / Cuatro

Harp | Keyboard | Percussion | Piano Duos | Solo Instruments | Strings | Vocal | Winds

 

83- "El Caimán" (2016) ca. 3'45''
Divertimento Criollo (ca. 8')
For Orchestra:
3(picc).2.3(Eb).2. 2.3.3(tb).1. Timp. 3Perc. Hrp. Strings
Commissioned by Gustavo Dudamel for The O.S.S.B

 

82. Shabono, Danzas de Guerra Yanomami (2016)
for 12 Cellos (ca. 8')
Composed for the Cello ensemble of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar

 

81. Symphony No. 5 Op. 81 (2016)
2.2.2.2. 2.2.2.1. Timp. 2 Perc. Hrp. Pno. Strings. (ca. 25'-26')
1-The real Caracas
2-Blu
3-Ondas

Commissioned by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Carlos Izcaray.
Premiered at UAB's Alys Stephens Center, April 1 & 2,  2016, by the A.S.O. conducted by Carlos Izcaray.

 

80. The Life of Benjamin (2015)
a Monkey Symphony (ca. 22-23') Commissioned by Joel Sachs for the New Juilliard Ensemble and Allen Hirsch, to the memory of Benjamin, the Capuchin monkey from the jungles of Chirimena, Venezuela.
Scheduled Premiere: April 10 2015, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City; New Juilliard Ensemble / Joel Sachs, cond.

1.1.2 (2=Bss) .1 / 1.1.1.1 /2 perc (incl. timp) / harp / 1.1.1.1.1 (or up to a medium-size string section)

Perc: Drums (snare, 3 small toms, cymbals, pedal bss small hihat), 2 timpani, large marimba, gran cassa, cowbells, triangle, woodblocks , claves, bamboo güiro, small maracas, bongos)

 

79. Blues'n Danube (2014)
for Symphonic Orchestra (ca. 7')
Composed for the Miami Symphony Orchestra & Eduardo Marturet
P remiered: Jan 19 2015, Knight Concert Hall, Miami

2 (picc).2.2.2 /4/2.2.1/timp/2 perc/harp/str.

 

78. Hipnosis Mariposa (2014)

Comissioned by the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar & Gustavo Dudamel for a Homage to Simón Díaz
Premiere scheduled November 9, 2014 OSSB Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Caracas, Venezuela.

 

3(3=picc). 3(3= E.hr.). 4(3=picc, 4=bss). 3(3=ctrfg). - 4. 3. 3(3=bss). 1. - timp. 2 perc.(bells, mcas, trngl, snare, ped.bss tom, cymb). - mba. vibes. harp. clst.- strings (8 v1)
Program Notes

 

77. Bossa do Fim (duration ca. 6'30'')
Piece for Cello Quartet,
Commissioned by the Boston Cello Quartet, 2014


76. "El Llano en Llamas",
Clarinet Quartet #2 for Piccolo Eb clarinet, 2 Bb soprano clarinets & 1 Bb Bass Clarinet.

 

In 3 movements:
1-Ornitolo Chipoleao
2-Gnossienne Tonada #1
3-Apurology
(the 2 first movements listed previously as separate pieces for Clarinet Quartet)

 

75. 3 Piezas para Orquesta Juvenil (2014)
3 Pieces for Youth orchestra) (duration ca.14')

1-Allegro Giocoso
2-Chacona
3-Kyrie (con coro a 2 voces / with a children's choir, 2 voices)

 

2.2.2.2. 2.2.2.1. timp. perc (xil, bells, crsh cymb, cymb, snare, trngl, slgh blls). coro (2 voci: S.S.). strings (6.4.3.2.2 min)

 

74. EL RECREO, LA CUMBIA, LOS VIKINGOS, Y OTRAS MINIATURAS (2013), ca. 12'
Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn

 

Commissioned by Quinteto Latino, California

 

 

73. SINFONIA CLASICA "LA TERESA" (2013), ca. 20'
Didactic symphony in three movements

Allegro, con eleganza
Minuetto / Trio
Moderato / Presto

 

2.2.2.2-2.2.2.1. - timp. - strings (6.4.3.2.2 minimum)


Dedicated to the Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (El Sistema Youth Orchestras)
Premiered by the Mérida Symphony Orchestra (El Sistema, Venezuela)

 

72. CONCERTO FOR 2 FLUTES AND ORCHESTRA (2012-13) ca. 27'

Private commission

 

2(picc&alto). 3 (3=E.hr). 3 (3=bss). 3 (3=ctrfg) - 2.1.1.0.- timp. perc: drms, assrtd cwbl, timb lat., güiro, mrcs, bottle, bngo, bells, G.C. , crsh cmb, bell tree, tamt, vibra slp, assrtd wd blk. - 2 solo flutes - strings (medium-to-large section)

 

71. UYTRE (2011-2012) ca. 27'
For cello quartet

 

70. SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO (2011-2012) ca. 18'
Delta Seis
Tañido sobre una canción larense
Pilón Collider

 

Private commission

 

69. LA TIERRA (2010)
For piano solo


Commissioned by Gabriela Montero, piano
Premiered by Gabriela Montero at Alte Oper, Frankfurt on Oct. 17, 2010
Featured in Gabriela Montero’s October 2010 7-city German tour
Scheduled for Gabriela Montero recording for EMI Records


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

 

3(3=alto). 3(3= E.hr.). 4(3=picc, 4=bss). 3(3=ctrfg). - 4. 4(1=in D). 3(3=bss). 2. - timp. 3 perc. (list available on demand). - mba. vibes. harp. clst.- strings (large section)

 

Commissioned by El Sistema for the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra
with support from a Guggenheim Fellowship
Premiere April 2012 in Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar


67. GRAN CACEROLAZO (2010) ca. 12'
For piano, strings and percussion

Program Notes


Written for Gabriela Montero

Premiered by Gabriela Montero, piano and Kremerata Baltica with
Andrei Pushkarev, percussion at Laeiszhalle, Hamburg on March 6, 2010


66. POSTCARDS FROM KANNIBALIA (2009) ca. 20'
Trio for clarinet, violin and piano

Gypjab
Cari.Kum.Ba
Gnossienne-Tonada
Sapokalypse

Program Notes


Commissioned by the Verdehr Trio and Michigan State University, co-sponsored by Chevron Corporation and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Premiere at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC in Fall 2010 with Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet / Walter Verdehr, violin / Silvia Roederer, piano


65. SCHTUPAK THE FISH (2009) ca. 12’
Piano quartet

Schtupak the fish
Aaron Wunsch, piano / Jennifer Curtis, violin / Nicholas Mann, viola / Sunny Yang, cello

 

Program Notes


Premiered at Yellow Barn Festival, Vermont on July 23, 2009 by Aaron Wunsch, piano / Jennifer Curtis, violin /
Nicholas Mann, viola / Sunny Yang, cello


64. NUMBER NINE (2008) ca. 10'
Quintet for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano in one movement

Program Notes


Commissioned by Ensamble Onix, Mexico
Premiered at Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico in Novermber 2009 by Ensamble Onix
New York premiere at the MoMA Summergarden Series on July 11, 2010 with the New Juilliard Ensemble, conducted by Joel Sachs


63. DRAGONCELLO (2008) ca. 9'
For six cellos and string orchestra
solo cello-strings (4.3.2.2.1 minimum)

 

Dragoncello
I Musici de Montréal and cello students of Yuli Turovksy, with Yuli Turovsky, conductor
Commissioned by I Musici de Montréal

 

YouTube video (Part 1)
YouTube video (Part 2)


Premiered at the Place des Arts in Montréal on Sept. 17, 2008 by I Musici de Montréal and cello students of Yuli Turovsky with Yuli Turovsky, conductor


62. DELTA DANCE (2008) ca. 5'
For violin and piano

61. PALENKUMBE (2007) ca. 10'
Symphonic Overture

2.2.2.2-2.2.2.0-timp.perc(2): wdbls/cwbls/tmtm/cyms/chekre/mrcs/güiro/
congas/wdtom-strings (6.4.3.2.2 minimum)

Commissioned by the Salvi Foundation
Premiered as the opening of the 2008 Cartagena International Music Festival in Colombia by I Musici de Montréal Orchestra;
European premiere at Theater Lübeck in Germany on November 9, 2008 by the Orchestra of Theater Lübeck, conducted by Raphael Jiménez


60. GNOSSIENNE-TONADA (2007) ca. 6'
For clarinet quartet

Commissioned by the Caracas Clarinet Quartet

59. SURFAY (2007) ca. 3'
For flute and marimba

Commissioned by flutist Luis Julio Toro for a recording with Ricardo Gallardo, marimbist with the Tambuco Ensemble of Mexico

58. SYMPHONY FOR BRASS AND PERCUSSION (2007) ca. 17’
Von Caracas
Guasa Platz
Kiti Platz


2 picc tp Bb/6 tp Bb/2 flug/6hr/4ten tb/4bss tb/1bar/2tba timp.perc(2):3toms/2rototoms/snr/
pedl bss tom/timbales/cyms/crash cyms/ assrtdcwblls (6,lrg&sml)/assrtd wdbl/

vibrslap/B-hiB-C#-F-hiF gongs/maracas/tambora (wood rimmed tom)

Commissioned by El Sistema in Caracas

57. PORTICO EN MODO CRETICO (2007) ca. 6’
For 15 trumpets and timpani in one movement

Commissioned by El Sistema for members of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra
Premiered at the Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in May 2008 by members of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra
conducted by Diego Matheuz

56. EMILY’S CORNER (2007)
Three children’s pieces for solo piano
Petite Salsa pour Emily
Valse Tournante
Le Forgeron


55. SUITE FOR VIOLIN SOLO (2006) ca. 15’

Prélude Ethno-Mathématique
Sentimentallemande
Eau Courante
Vampire
Japonaise-Bourrée
Jungle Jig


Commissioned by Airi Yoshioka
Premiered by Airi Yoshioka at the Americas Society in New York City in February 2010


54. VENEZUELAN SUITE FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (2006) ca. 13’

Totunel de warena

Colin Sorgi, violin / Jooeun Park, piano


Donzulian
Guasa del monocordio de lata
Su pajarillo

Giovanni Guzzo, violin / Luis Pares, piano

 

Program Notes


Premiered in Limoges, France, Nov. 2006 by Virginie Robilliard, violin and Ricardo Castro, piano;

London premiere at the Venezuelan Cultural Centre on July 11, 2007 with Giovanni Guzzo, violin

and Luis Pares, piano

53. THE BASS CONCERTO (2006) ca. 17’
For double bass and orchestra
Sisifo
La Noche
Pink Bull

Program Notes

 

2 (II= picc).2 (II=E.hr.).2 (II=Bs.cl).2(II=ctrbsn)-2.2.1.1-timp.perc(2): cyms/picc snr/3toms/pdl bss tom/additional small (toy) drumset (standing player)/bngos/wdbl/assrtd cwbl/sleigh bll/claves/sml maracas/castanets/güiro-strings (8.6.4.4.3 recommended)

 

Commissioned by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA) and Alondra de la Parra for Edicson Ruiz, bass
Premiered at Alice Tully Hall, New York City in June 2006 by Edicson Ruiz, bass and the POA, conducted by

Alondra de la Parra

52. MANGOSINFONI (2005) ca. 24’
For harp and organ in six movements
Mango Haze
Vertigo Fandango
La Mer Caraïbe
Man Goes Woman Goes
Brazil Pinball
Apache Rondeau


Commissioned by Chelsea Chen and Arielle
Partial premiere at Paul Hall, Juilliard School, New York, in May 2006 with Chelsea Chen, organ and Arielle, har
p

51. LA FURIA Y LA SOMBRA, OVERTURA ACADETNICA (2005) ca. 9’
Overture for symphonic orchestra

3(III=picc).3(III=E.hr.).4(III=Picc,IV=Bss).3(III=ctrbsn)-4.3.2.1-timp.perc (3): pdl bs tom/snr/hihat/cymbs/crash cymbs/toms (s.m.l)/wdbl(s.m.l)/sleigh bells/tgl/castanets/claves/güiro (sml)/small maracas/cwbl (s.m.l)/ tamtam (L)-Marimba-vibraphone-harp-strings (10.8.6.6.4 recommended)

Commissioned by the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá
Premiered at Auditorio León de Greiff in Bogotá in March 2005 by the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá,

conducted by Manuel Hernández Silva

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


49. MIRANDA’S ROCKET (2004) ca. 4’
For solo piano

 

Miranda's Rocket

 

Composed for Gabriela Montero

48. FIESTA DE CONTRAPUNTO (2004) ca. 25’
Choral symphony for large mixed choir and symphonic orchestra

Texts by anonymous authors and Paul Desenne, based on popular Venezuelan songs recorded by Quinteto Contrapunto in the 1960s
Glosas de la puerca
Gaban estretoconao
Scherzo con yopo

Simón Bolívar Orchestra and the Orfeón Universitario UCV and other Caracas choirs, conducted by Alfredo Rugeles


3(III=picc).3(III=E.hr.).4(III=Picc,IV=Bss).3(III=ctrbsn)-4.3.2.1 timp.perc(4):snr/toms(med.sml)/pdlbss tom/cyms (med.crsh)/rim/tgls/tamb/claves/güiro/cwbls(s.m.l)/wdbls(L.s)/tmpl bls/tamboras (lrg & sm wood rimmed toms)/conga/timbales/quitiplás (bamboo sticks: high pair & low)/culo'e puya (2 long slim drums)/tin plate-vibraphone-harp-large mixed choir (s.a.t.b)-cuatro (Venezuelan guitar) 1 to 6 players-strings (10.8.6.6.4 minimum)


Commissioned by FESNOJIV, the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra Foundation
Premiered at Aula Magna at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas in July 2005 by the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and the Orfeón Universitario UCV and other Caracas choirs, conducted by Alfredo Rugeles


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

46. CANTATA MAQROLL (2003) ca. 20’
For tenor voice, flute, soprano saxophone, violin, cello and piano in seven movements

Song cycle on texts by Alvaro Mutis and Belisario Betancur

Commissioned by the Festival de Artes in Cali, Colombia

45. TANGO SABATIER (2003) ca. 12’
Three tangos for arpegina (five-string viola with low E) or viola and piano
Caceroleando
Piazzolaberintus
Rallentango-Milonga


Commissioned by luthier Bernard Sabatier, creator of the arpegina
Premiered at Château Barreyre near Bordeaux, France in May 2003 by Jean-Paul Minalli, arpegina and Véronique Goudin, piano


44. NID D’ABEILLE, NID D’AMOUR (2003) ca. 11’
Trio for violin, arpegina (five-string viola with a low E) or viola and cello
Chansonnettes
Musette de la Ruche
Bransle Bourgeoise


Commissioned by Guy Prim
Premiered at Château Barreyre near Bordeaux, France in May 2003 by Virginie Robilliard, violin / Jean-Paul Minalli, arpegina / Paul Desenne, cello


43. GUASA MACABRA (2003) ca. 12’
Duet for flute and clarinet

 

Guasa macabra

Javier Montilla, flute / Jorge Montilla, clarinet

Commissioned by Jorge and Javier Montilla
Premiered at the Las Vegas International Flute Convention in August 2003 by Jorge and Javier Montilla


42. HAKU UN YUU YUU (2003) ca. 15’20”
For flute, violin, cello, double bass, xaphoon and mixed media


Haku un yuu yuu

Luis Julio Toro, flute / Virginie Robilliard, violin / Paul Desenne, cello and programmed mechanical music box /
Alonso Toro, Hawaiian clarinet and sound design / Roberto Koch, bass


Commissioned by the Japanese Jodoshu Buddhist community of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Bishop Yomei Sasaki) for a commemorative CD and book released in June 2003

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


40. ORNITOLO CHIPOLEAO (clarinet quartet version) (2002) ca. 14’
For clarinet quartet (piccolo, 2 Bb, bass)
Also available for clarinet, cello or bassoon, and piano (see #25)

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


38. CONCERTO FOR CELLO AND ORCHESTRA (2001-2002) ca. 27’
“1”
Ictus Piraña
Twist Rondeau


4(IV=picc).3(III=E.hr.).3(III=bss).3(III=ctrbsn)-4.3.3(III=tnr/bss).1-timp.perc (4): congas/bongs/güiro/cwbls (s.m.l.)/maracas/cyms (assrtd+sizzl)/crash cyms/tamb/wdbl (sml)/claves/tgl/chekere/cabaza/3toms/pdl bsstom/snr/timbales-large marimba-celesta-2 harps-
solo cello-strings (8.6.4.4.3 minimum)

Commissioned by Carlos Prieto, cello

37. TOCATA GALEONICA PARA SEXTETO (2002) ca. 15’
For two violins, viola, cello, bass and harpsichord in three movements
Coplas del Mangle
Recuerdos de Venosa II
Tuyerias


Composed for the Accadèmia Bizantina di Ravenna

36. PAS DE DEUX, SANS TROIS (2001-2002) ca. 14’
Concertino for flute, cello, strings and harp in two movements

solo flute-solo cello-harp-strings (6.4.3.2.1 minimum)

Commissioned by Jacques Zoon, flute and Iseut Chuat, cello
Premiered at Faneuil Hall, Boston on February 15, 2002 by Jacques Zoon, flute and Iseut Chuat, cello, conducted by Steve Lipsitt


35. SONATA FOR SOLO FLUTE (2001) ca. 21’
Ten movements including theme and variations on Mission Impossible
America divagación
Guasaranas
Thema Mission Impossible
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Guasaranas 2
Ranchoson

Luis Julio Toro, flute

 

Dedicated to Luis Julio Toro
Premiered at the International Flute Convention in Denver, Colorado in September 2001 by Javier Montilla, flute


34. THREE ORCHESTRAL STUDIES (2001) ca. 25’
Three movements for symphonic orchestra

Salón Caníbal
Recuerdos de Venosa
Macuto

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Desenne

4(IV=picc).3(III=E.hr.).3(III=bss).3(III=ctrbsn)-4.3.3(I,II=t/bsIII=bss).1-timp.perc (4):set 5 temple bl/tgl/assrtd cwbls/jawbone/tamb/bongs (stnd)/3conga set/tamtam (lrg)/hihat/cymbs (s.m.l)/crash cyms/pedl bss tom/snr/ocean drum (G.C. skin with free rolling shotgun pellets)/set of 7 rototoms/chimes/bamboo wind chimes (large bunch)-marimba-vibraphone-harp-strings (10.8.6.6.4 minimum)

Commissioned by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
Premiered by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in June 2001, conducted by Paul Desenne


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


32. KALIGUASA (2001) ca. 3'
For four celli (or more)

 

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


ALZHEIMER (1999)
A humorous CD of collective studio work with co-authors Alonso Toro and Pedro Vasquez, exploring forgotten roots of Latin American music through fictional recreations. Pieces range from quartets including Venezuelan cuatro (small guitar), Renaissance cornetto, Hawaiian bamboo clarinet, and electric cello to gigantic tribal fantasies involving many percussionists, a large choir and other guest players on diverse instruments.

El nombre de la burriquita
Chévere mongüolo
Gaita de aniceto rondón


28. THREE TROPICAL MOVES (1999) ca. 22’
For large ensemble (19 chamber players) in three movements
Mecamixteca
Cenizas
Gran Bululu


1.1(E.hr).2 (II=Bs.cl). 2 (II= ctrbsn)-0.1.1.0-marimba-vibraphone-celesta-harp-strings (6.4.3.3.1 minimum)

Commissioned by the New Juilliard Ensemble
Premiered at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City in December 1999 by the New Juilliard Ensemble,
conducted by Joel Sachs


27. PUNTOS NAVEGANTES: TWO PIECES FOR EARLY BAROQUE QUARTET (1998-99) ca. 9’
For recorder, baroque violin, viola da gamba and theorbo

Music based on early European music forms still found in the Venezuelan islands
Punto del Tirano
Canarios de Indias


Commissioned by the Palladian Ensemble of London

26. RRONQUIPLASS (1999) ca. 3’40”
For wind nonet (final movement for Visión Galeónica & Platillos Voladores, same instrumentation - see #7)

Rronquiplass
Camerata de las Américas of Mexico, conducted by Joel Sachs


Commissioned by Joel Sachs at Juilliard
Recorded by the Camerata de las Américas of Mexico with Joel Sachs, conductor


25. TRIO FOR CLARINET, CELLO OR BASSOON, AND PIANO (1998-99) ca. 14’
In four movements
Also available for clarinet quartet (see #40)
Ornitolo chipoleao
Borges Triangle
Recuerdos de Venosa III
Tácata Tocata

Taqui Ensemble (Jorge Montilla, clarinet)


Commissioned by clarinetist Paquito de Rivera for his ensemble Triangulo
Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in Nov. 2000 by Continuum; Premiere of bassoon version at the Contemporary Music Festival in Puerto Rico, summer 2003, with Ensemble Taqui; Complete bassoon version premiered at the MoMA Summergarden Series in New York in 2005 by Moran Katz, clarinet / Jennifer Rhodes, bassoon / Joel Sachs, piano


24. SONATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN (1998) ca. 18’

Spiral Capriccio
Epaves

The Worm's Belly Dance
Andante con yopo / Alegrías

 

Program Notes


Commissioned by the Carlos and Alegría Beracasa Foundation
Premiered at the Royal Academy of Music in London in February 1999 by Virginie Robilliard, violin


23. ZARPA EL FESTIVARPA (1997) ca. 17’

For nine chromatic harps, two diatonic Venezuelan folk harps, celesta, marimba, percussion, bass and cuatro (Venezuelan guitar)

Commissioned for the 1998 Third Latin-American Harp Convention
Premiered by the International Harp Orchestra Auditorio de la Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas in 1998,
conducted by Alfredo Rugeles


22. SONATA FOR CLARINET AND PIANO (1997) ca. 12’
Tácata-tocata
Borges
Aracataca toca

Jorge Montilla, clarinet / Gail Novak, piano


Commissioned by clarinetist Eloy Salgado
Premiered at Indiana University in 2002 by Jorge Montilla, clarinet and Gail Novak, piano; Venezuelan premiere at the Sala de Conciertos de la UCV in Caracas in 2005 with Eloy Salgado, clarinet and Sadao Muraki, piano


21. GURRUFIO (1997) ca. 7’
For flute orchestra (five voices)


Premiered at the Flute Convention in Chicago in summer 1998 by the flute orchestra of El Sistema

20. SUITE CLARINIGHT (1997) ca. 10’
For clarinet quartet
Papayera
Charcona
Guasacaglia melancholica

 

Caracas Clarinet Quartet
Commissioned and premiered by the Caracas Clarinet Quartet in 1997


19. 4½ MOVEMENTS FOR VIOLIN AND MARIMBA (1996) ca. 18’
("1/2 movement" is with tape accompaniment)

Commissioned by Marimolin violin and marimba duet with support by Meet the Composer
US premiere at the Dallas International Percussion Festival in 1998 with Gordon Stout, marimba
Paris premiere at the Conservatoire de Paris in 2003


18. TOCATA GALEONICA CUARTA (1991-94) ca. 12’
For two violins, cello and harpsichord in three movements
Version for sextet written in 2002 for the Accadèmia Bizantina di Ravenna, adding a viola and a double bass
Coplas del mangle
Recuerdos de Venosa II
Tuyerias


17. THREE PIECES FOR FLUTE AND GUITAR (TRIPTICO) (1994-95) ca. 10’
Bossanovals
Recuerdos de Venosa
Kumbiologia

Luis Julio Toro, flute / Rubén Riera, guitar

 

Premiered at the Contemporary Music Festival in Caracas in October 1995 by Luis Julio Toro, flute and Rubén Riera, guitar

16. PRELUDIO Y QUITIGLASS OCTET (1995) ca. 8'
Version for eight celli

15. PRELUDIO Y QUITIGLASS (1995) ca. 8’
For three celli

14. AEROGLIFOS OCTET (1994) ca. 4'
Version for eight celli

13. AEROGLIFOS (1994) ca. 4'
For three celli (or viola and two celli)

 

Viola version premiered at Weill Recital Hall in New York, Dec. 1994 by Paul Desenne and members of the
Cuarteto Latinoamericano of Mexico


12. PIZZIQUITIPLAS OCTET (1988-89) ca. 6’30”
For eight celli

11. PIZZIQUITIPLAS (1988-89) ca. 6’30”
For three celli (or viola and 2 celli).
A version of this piece has also been written for alto flute, cello and harp - see #6.


Pizziquitiplas

Miguel Rojas, cello / Manuel Mijares, cello / Paul Desenne, cello


Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in 1990 by the Paul Desenne Ensemble; US premiere at the Focus! Festival, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York in 1994; Viola version premiered at Weill Recital Hall in New York, December 1994 by Paul Desenne and members of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano of Mexico

10. LOS RICOCHELOS (1987) ca. 6'

For three celli

9. PIZZIGUASA (1985) ca. 4'
For three celli

8. TACHIRA Y FRONTERA (1991) ca. 6’
For chamber orchestra

Commissioned by Solistas de Cámara
Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in 1991 by Solistas de Cámara, conducted by Juan Tomás Martínez


7. VISION GALEONICA and PLATILLOS VOLADORES (1990) ca. 10’
For wind nonet in two movements (see third movement, #26 – Rronquiplass)

Visión galeónica
Platillos voladores

Camerata de las Américas of Mexico, conducted by Joel Sachs

fl, ob, Eng hr, cl, bass cl, bsn, ctrbsn, 2 Fr hr

Commissioned by the Nederlands Blasers Ensemble
Premiered in December 1990 at the Paradiso, Amsterdam by the Nederlands Blasers Ensemble, conducted by Tania León


6. PIZZIQUITIPLAS (1989) ca. 6’17” and PIZZIGUASA GALEONICA (1988-89) ca. 5’45”
For harp, flute and cello
Pizziquitiplas also available for viola and two celli, or for three celli

 

Pizziguasa Galeónica

Nicolás Real, flute / Anette Léon, harp / Paul Desenne, cello

 

Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in 1990 by the Paul Desenne Ensemble

5. GUASA NO. 1 (1983, rev. 1989) ca. 5'
For eight celli in one movement

Premiered at the Conservatoire de Paris Auditorium in March 1983 by the Conservatoire Octet; Recorded for a television series on Venezuelan orchestral youth in 1988

4. EL MONOCORDIO DE LATA (1990-97) ca. 9’

For flute, oboe, violin, cello and cuatro (Venezuelan guitar)

3. QUINTETO DE LA CULEBRA (1988) ca. 5’
For flute, oboe, violin, cello and cuatro (Venezuelan guitar) in two movements
Pajarillo de la culebra
Bambuco cruzado

Nicolás Real, flute / Anette León, harp / Paul Desenne, cello


Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in 1990 by the Paul Desenne Ensemble; US premiere at the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York in 2008 with Paquito d’Rivera and Marco Granados


2. BOTELLA AL GUAIRE (1985-86) ca. 14’
For flute, English horn, violin, cello and cuatro (Venezuelan guitar) in three movements
Guasa del 5 y 6
Canción de cuna de las montañas de Caracas
El fulchola

Nicolás Real, flute / Anette León, harp / Paul Desenne, cello


Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in June 1990 by the Paul Desenne Ensemble

1. QUINTETO DEL PAJARO (1981-83) ca. 17'
For flute, oboe/English horn, violin, cello and cuatro (Venezuelan guitar) in four movements

Seis por derecho
Guasa del borrachito
Alba / vals
Periquera

Nicolás Real, flute / Andrés Eloy Medina, oboe and English horn / David Moreira, violin / Paul Desenne, cello / Aquiles Báez, cuatro (Recorded in 1990)

 

Program Notes


Premiered in Paris in December 1983 by the Paul Desenne Ensemble; US premiere at Weill Recital Hall, New York in December 1994 with Paul Desenne and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, organized by the American Composers Orchestra

 

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