Márquez Danzón No. 2
Ginastera Harp Concerto*
Lopez Perú negro*
*Indicates SPAC Premiere
Under the baton of Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, making his first-ever SPAC appearance, this program will transport listeners to South America with three SPAC premieres that explore the sounds of Argentina and Peru.
The effervescent Harp Concerto by the celebrated Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera was premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1965 and is today performed by the current principal, Elizabeth Hainen, considered one of classical music’s great harp ambassadors. Hailed by the Washington Post for her “unusual presence with silky transparency” and by the New York Times for her “earthy solidarity,” she has thrilled audiences throughout the world with programs showcasing the diversity—and virtuosity—of her modern-day instrument.
The allure of tangos and other dance-inflected rhythms merge in Piazzolla’s sultry music with his sophisticated compositional training in Paris, where he went at the urging of Ginastera. Tangazo is one of Piazzolla’s late compositions, which he originally wrote for a small ensemble and then arranged for full orchestra. The concert concludes with Perú negro by the young Peruvian composer Jimmy López. A celebration of AfroPeruvian traditions, the work honors López’s compatriot, this concert’s conductor, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, by using a four-note theme based on his initials.
- Danzón No 2 is one of the most popular and frequently performed Mexican contemporary classical orchestral pieces. The Danzón dance form originated in Cuba but is a very important part of the folklore of the Mexican state of Veracruz. The piece also formed the basis of a short film made in 2009. Set in Mexico City in the 1940s, the film features Márquez himself in a cameo as the pianist of a dance-hall.
- The Harp Concerto was commissioned in 1956 by Edna Phillips, then the harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, in an effort to expand the harp repertoire. The piece was commissioned specifically for the 1958 Inter-American Festival and intended to feature Phillips as the soloist, but the piece took nearly a decade to finish, by which time Phillips had retired. The odd part about this is that no one knows exactly why it took Ginastera so long to finish.
- Astor Piazzolla is renowned for his revolutionary fusion of the traditional tango he’d known since childhood with elements of both classical music and jazz, which created a new style termed ‘nuevo tango’ – a style that’s prevalent in the Tangazo.
Read more here:
- Marquez – Danzon No. 2: https://www.classicfm.com/composers/marquez/music/danzon-no-2/
- Worth the Wait: The History of the Ginastera Harp Concerto: https://www.questia.com/magazine/1G1-339117988/worth-the-wait-the-history-of-the-ginastera-harp
- PIAZZOLLA: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC – THE JOURNEY TOWARDS TANGO NUEVO: https://cityoflondonsinfonia.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/piazzolla-the-man-and-his-music-the-journey-towards-tango-nuevo/