The work premiered in in its four-movement orchestral form and in as a ballet. At first, the love affair is one-sided, as the girl finds the boy spineless, at least in comparison with the intrepid gauchos. The ballet was commissioned in by American dance impresario Lincoln Kirstein for the troupe American Ballet Caravan. The work was to have been choreographed by George Balanchine , but the dance company disbanded in , before it was able to perform the piece. Estancia did not premiere as a ballet until after World War II.
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T he music of the great 20th-century Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera invariably invites comparisons with better-known European composers.
Ginastera is still being rediscovered today. His catalog is relatively modest, perhaps because he was such a perfectionist and he destroyed or disavowed several early works.
His compositions for string players include the three string quartets, a violin concerto, many pieces for the cello, and the striking Pampeanas —No. He also composed orchestral works the exuberant Estancia , Op. Argentine Folk Dance. Photos by Annemarie Heinrich. G inastera was born in Buenos Aires in to an Italian mother and a Catalan father. At age seven, he began taking music lessons and by 12, he was studying composition and piano at the National Conservatory of Music.
Ginastera scholar Deborah Schwartz-Kates notes that he was not a prodigy, but he seems to have been diligent and determined. In , he won a prize for his Piezas Infantiles for piano. A work from that same year, Impresiones de la Puna for flute and string quartet, shows his interest in folk music, here the Andean folklore and instruments.
Its striking 3 against 2 rhythm has a prominent place in works such as the orchestral Variaciones concertantes, Op. Other dances are the chacarera , the zamba, and the gato. Ginastera also gloried in the lives of the gauchos—the cowboys of the Pampas region—and their instrument, the guitar.
These elements are heard in his String Quartet No. Argentine influences have not vanished, though. Alberto Ginastera. The early song cycle Cinco canciones populares argentinas , Op. Many of the cello works are extremely virtuosic.
As the s began, Ginastera was seeking to expand his musical palette. His Violin Concerto, Op. The concerto makes great technical demands of soloist and orchestra, and has not found a firm place in the repertory. One of the few recordings in the catalog is a live recording with Salvatore Accardo made in Ginastera, who died in Geneva in , was a reserved man, very unlike the larger-than-life character of his friend Heitor Villa-Lobos. Home News. Photo by Annemarie Heinrich.
Shall We Dance?
It comes from Ginastera's early period of composition that he called 'Objective Nationalism', in which he often used folk themes. The outer movements in particular show Ginastera's uniquely developing style in their exciting use of dissonance that is transformed into piquant melodic lines and developing musical patterns. The 1st and 3rd movements are of a more difficult standard. Here is the complete work, played by Roberto Plano:. This piece will be loved by students who have the musical maturity to enjoy the dissonance of the middle section, whilst bringing out the beauty of the melodic lines. The outer sections need sensitivity, with the ability to control balance and tone. A wide dynamic range is required for a successful performance of this piece.
Ginastera - Danza de la Moza Donosa
T he music of the great 20th-century Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera invariably invites comparisons with better-known European composers. Ginastera is still being rediscovered today. His catalog is relatively modest, perhaps because he was such a perfectionist and he destroyed or disavowed several early works. His compositions for string players include the three string quartets, a violin concerto, many pieces for the cello, and the striking Pampeanas —No. He also composed orchestral works the exuberant Estancia , Op.
Works for piano solo. The following notes are taken from the liner notes of the CDs "Alberto Ginastera: complete works for piano" produced by Fundacion Ostinato. All notes are the property of Ostinato. Partial or total reproduction prohibited. Publisher: Durand, Paris.
While visiting Alvarado in Veracruz, Moncayo was inspired by the folk music he heard. The melodies and rhythms proved difficult for him to capture, as the musicians never performed the folk dance the same way twice. He still managed to complete the composition, which was met with great acclaim; it served as the foundation of a new movement of Mexican nationalism in music, and is considered by some as the unofficial second national anthem of Mexico. Estancia was originally commissioned in as a ballet based on Argentine country life, but the ballet company disbanded, which prevented its performance until Oblivion , composed in , is a departure from the typical tango with its mysterious, sad tone. This plot change allowed the composer to incorporate Latin rhythms and syncopations into this dance-driven, jazz-inflected drama, which revolutionized musical theater. Amazon has a special program called Smile, where the company donates a small amount of your purchase to your designated charity.