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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

 

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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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