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Euphontastic

Version for solo euphonium and piano reduction*. Duration 12:10. Level advanced.

Obra obligada para la 3ª Ronda del Concurso AETYB Santiago de Compostela 2024. Categoría: Bombardino-Artistas.

Obligatory piece for the 3rd Round of the AETYB Santiago de Compostela 2024 Competition. Category: Euphonium-Artists

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    This is the version for piano reduction and solo euphonium of Euphontastic, a piece written for Solo Euphonium and concert band and is dedicated to Steven Mead, an English virtuoso euphonium soloist and teacher who has played an important role in achieving worldwide recognition of the instrument: the euphonium. The derivative title ‘Euphontastic’, comes from the union of two very significant words to understand the meaning and character of the work: Euphonium+Fantastic. Through this union a true relationship is created between the great moments of virtuosity of the work, the maximum expressivity taken to the limit and the great majesty, all carried out by the great possibilities of this instrument. The premiere of the work was made during the celebration of the World Conference of the WASBE 2019 (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles), in Buñol (Valencia) and with the same Steven Mead as a soloist, accompanied by the Rovereto Wind Orchestra (IT ) and under the direction of Maestro Andrea Loss.

    Recording: Version for solo euphonium and concert band

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    Omaira

    Version for tuba solo and piano reduction. Duration 12:10. Level advanced.

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      This is the NEW version for piano reduction and tuba premiered by the prestigious soloist Ricardo Carvalhoso, soloist of the Munich Philharmonic….

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      On November 13th 1985 the town of Armero, in Colombia, was literally swept away. It was bombarded by an avalanche of mud and stones set off by the melting of glaciers caused by the soon-to-erupt Volcano Nevado del Ruiz. This composition is dedicated to then 13 year old, Omaira Sanchez, one of the more than 23,000 victims of this disaster. The version for bass trombón was released in April of 2013 by the Banda Municipal de Castellón under the direction of José Vte. Ramón Segarra and Javier Colomer (Bass trombone solo). The version for tenor trombone was released in December 2013 by the Banda Municipal de Pinto under the direction of Jose Antonio Blasco and Ximo Vicedo (solo tenor trombone – ORTVE).

      Omaira

      Version for euphonium solo (or baritone) and piano reduction. Duration 12:10. Level advanced.

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        Was premiered on January 19, 2019 by the prestigious soloist Steven Mead along with the Belgian band Maasmechelen ConcertBand. It is included in the latest CD of the prestigious English musician ‘PULSE’, with the ‘Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force, Conductor: Matty Cilissen…

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        This is the version for wind orchestra and euphonium. The new revised version for soloist and band euphonium was premiered on January 19, 2019 by the prestigious soloist Steven Mead along with the Belgian band Maasmechelen ConcertBand and maestro Mark Prills. Also, it is included in the latest CD of the prestigious English musician ‘PULSE’, with the ‘Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force, Conductor: Matty Cilissen.

        On November 13th 1985 the town of Armero, in Colombia, was literally swept away. It was bombarded by an avalanche of mud and stones set off by the melting of glaciers caused by the soon-to-erupt Volcano Nevado del Ruiz. This composition is dedicated to then 13 year old, Omaira Sanchez, one of the more than 23,000 victims of this disaster. The version for bass trombón was released in April of 2013 by the Banda Municipal de Castellón under the direction of José Vte. Ramón Segarra and Javier Colomer (Bass trombone solo). The version for tenor trombone was released in December 2013 by the Banda Municipal de Pinto under the direction of Jose Antonio Blasco and Ximo Vicedo (solo tenor trombone – ORTVE).

        Omaira

        Version for trombone solo (bass or tenor) and piano reduction. Duration 12:10. Level advanced.

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          The version for tenor trombone was premieres in December 2013 by the Banda Municipal de Pinto under the direction of Jose Antonio Blasco and Ximo Vicedo (solo tenor trombone – ORTVE)

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          On November 13th 1985 the town of Armero, in Colombia, was literally swept away. It was bombarded by an avalanche of mud and stones set off by the melting of glaciers caused by the soon-to-erupt Volcano Nevado del Ruiz. This composition is dedicated to then 13 year old, Omaira Sanchez, one of the more than 23,000 victims of this disaster. The version for bass trombón was released in April of 2013 by the Banda Municipal de Castellón under the direction of José Vte. Ramón Segarra and Javier Colomer (Bass trombone solo).

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          Pass the brass

          For brass quartet. Duration 7:58. Level advanced

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            Pass the brass is a reduced version adapted for brass quartet of ‘Stravaganza’, a double concerto for trumpet and bandoneon and

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            Pass the brass is a reduced version adapted for brass quartet of ‘Stravaganza’, a double concerto for trumpet and bandoneon and symphonic band. This version is dedicated to the brass ensemble ‘Art of Brass Valencia’ who commissioned the author.

            Pass the brass is a version focused on exploiting the possibilities of the trumpet, horn, tenor trombone and tuba to the maximum, without any fear or prejudice of being able to play a demanding role as other instruments play on countless other occasions. A paper to demonstrate the broad technical and musical spectrum in short, that these instruments can offer, all without losing sight of the unmistakable references that have traditionally nurtured the most representative music of the southern cone of the South American continent and that are present from the beginning. to end in the work: recognizable melodies, rhythmic sequences and southern essence.

            The influences of the work are based above all on two great aspects in equal parts: the most popular Argentine and Uruguayan music on the one hand, and on the other, the most academic music. The popular influence so evident from beginning to end, is nourished by the immense cultural and musical variety of the Rio de La Plata, its folklore and its multitude of musical styles such as the zamba or the tango. The more academic influence of Pass the brass stems from Argentine authors such as Alicia Térzian, Alberto Ginastera and, of course, the great Ástor Piazzolla.

            The role of each one of the instruments is a pure exercise in contrast between four musical conceptions that are played by the instruments in most of the work, but that at some points come together in the same way delivered to an ‘extravagant’ conjunction.

            On this occasion, tradition, contrast and originality try to go hand in hand from beginning to end.

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            Contrasts

            Diptych for brass quintet, cajon and brushes. Duration 8:39. Level advanced.

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              Work commission for the Instituto Valenciano de la Música/CulturArts in 2013. “Contrasts”…

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              Work commission for the Instituto Valenciano de la Música/CulturArts in 2013. “Contrasts” is a piece written in two movements for a metal quintet and also incorporates the “flamenco box” in the second of them, as simple instrumental and rhythmic support without leaving aside the main protagonism that throughout the piece concentrates in the brass quintet.

              The first of the movements, “Largo for a movie”, is inspired by the music of cinema given the relationship that the author has developed in this field in some of his works. A small and melancholy crossing that from the beginning little by little is taking more force until arriving at the parliament only of the trombone. Just as a film sequence could develop. The second movement, “Allegro for all”, is the opposite of the first. Almost without any connection to the first, it develops with much more rhythm, strength and vigor. Also, the precision of each voice and the rhythmic support of the “flamenco box” make the music flow more directly to the listener especially in the last part of the work where now, the metals can bring out all their innate majesty .

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              Collage

              for a group of ten brass instruments, cajon and brushes. Duration 10:10. Level advanced.

              The piece is divided into three movements: Napolitano, In memoriam and Aureo. As if of a great…

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              For a group of ten brass instruments: four trumpets in Sib, piccolo, three tenor trombones, bass trombone, trumpet and tuba. The piece is divided into three movements: Napolitano, In memoriam and Aureo. As if of a great “collage” this piece tries to collect different compositional resources that originate different sensations, from the most eclectic to the most expressive.

              Dedicated to the group “Collage Brass Ensemble” and in posthumous tribute to trumpeter Juan García Marín, sadly disappeared. Released by the same group “Collage Brass Ensemble” in October 2009 at Teatro Chapí de Villena.

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              El quinteto y las sillas

              for brass quintet and percussion. Duration 8:20. Level advanced.

              The ‘Quinteto y las Sillas’ (The Quintet and the Chairs) is a diptych written in 2010 for two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba and percussion (three chairs). Written…

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              The ‘Quinteto y las Sillas’ (The Quintet and the Chairs) is a diptych written in 2010 for two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba and percussion (three chairs). Written in co-authorship with Frank J. Cogollos. Inspired by the painting of the same name by the Valencian painter José Segrelles in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of his birth.

              Premiered in September 2010 in the Concert-Homage to the painter. As in Segrelles’s painting, the work is structured with two movements that are born from the two main elements that are extracted from the same title: the chairs and The quintet, in this case a classical quintet of metals. As a characteristic note it should be noted that in the first movement three chairs of different styles are used as percussion instruments: a wooden chair, a metal chair and a study chair.

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              RE-flect

              for quartet percussion. Duration 10:45. Level advanced.

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                Re-flect is a proposal for four percussionists in which the acoustic and spatial factor is very important. The…

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                Re-flect is a proposal for four percussionists in which the acoustic and spatial factor is very important. The title of the work is the key to understanding these aspects and also how most of the musical discourse is fed. Re-flect means reflection, and in this sense the work is built from an axis of symmetry on which the first two percussionists reflect on the third and fourth respectively in terms of rhythms and sounds. Also, taking the title as a reference, the importance of the only tuned sound in the entire work is very evident: the RE note. From this sound, and only with this sound of a certain height, a sound game with different heights is created that is intended to envelop the stage. Last but not least, the two letters RE, have an important personal meaning for the author: the work is dedicated to Esaú Borredá (Madrid Symphony Orchestra soloist) and Raúl Benavent (RTVE Orchestra soloist), friends of the author. The game with the two initials of their names (RE) is evident. Subtlety, precision and strength are the three qualities of these great musicians that they try to reflect in the work.

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                Percussion 1: crotale: Re high pitch, bass drum, 3 tom-toms* (high, medium, low), snare drum, bongos, one cymbal 14″ above the snare drum.

                Percussion 2: crotale: Re (medium pitch), 3 tom-toms* (high, medium, low), hi-hat, snare drum, splash cymbal, bongos, medium wooden tom-tom, one cymbal 14″ above the snare drum.

                Percussion 3: crotale: Re (low pitch), 1 semiresonat metal (cue anvil), 3 tom-toms* (high, medium, low), hi-hat, china cymbal, snare drum, one cymbal 14″ above the snare drum, low wooden tom-tom, jam block medium (or medium wood).

                Percussion 4: tubular bell: Re, 3 tom-toms* (high, medium, low), bass drum, bongos, metal guiro, crotale: Re, one cymbal 14″ above the snare drum, jam block low (or low wood).

                * Observations. It is important to differentiate the tuning of each player’s tom-toms differently between them. In the second movement, percussion 4 needs a string bow to rub with the crotale (re). It is important to differentiate the use of different drumsticks between the parts of the work. Especially in the first and third part, it is convenient to use drumsticks with the ball with a larger diameter, preferably made of wood.

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                In Aurea

                Clarinet quartet. Duration 8:10. Level advanced.

                Triptych by clarinet quartet (Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, Eb clarinet and corno…

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                Triptych by clarinet quartet (Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, Eb clarinet and corno di basseto). Released in September 2009 within the XXV Festival of Contemporary Music of Alicante by the quartet of clarinets “A Tempo”.

                From the theory about the Fibonacci series, this triptych is built for quartet of clarinets where this numerical series is also used to construct two types of scales: one parallel and the other symmetrical. These scales are born from the same series Fibonacci from the addition of semitones and later are also used to form a twelve-tone series with some of its variants.
                The names of each movement come from three of the characters who used the named proportion as previously mentioned: Leonardo da Vinci (Vinciniana), Luca Pacioli (Paciolina) and Bela Bartok (Bartokiana).

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                Quatre vents

                Clarinet quartet. Duration 7:10. Level advanced.

                Piece in four times: Tramuntana, Migjorn, Llevant, Ponent. For clarinets in Bb, clarinet bass and Eb Clarinet. Released by the quartet of clarinets “A Tempo” in May 2009.

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