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Published on May 29, 2011
The Quintet of the Americas (with reader Sonia Manzano) performs the sixth movement of Songs and Dances of Macondo (2004) by Judah E. Adashi. 5.11.2011, Symphony Space, New York, NY. Please visit www.judahadashi.com for more information.
The fictional town of Macondo is the setting Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. This suite for woodwind quintet (here imagined as a band of street musicians) was conceived as a songbook of sorts, inspired by musical elements and episodes in the novel. For the most part, these songs and dances employ a shared melodic and rhythmic vocabulary; each develops through harmonic and timbral modulations, while collectively, their chronological sequence loosely traverses a broader narrative thread.
Songs and Dances of Macondo was commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival. The piece was recognized with first prize in the 2005 Prix d'Été competition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a 2005 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award.