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Capriccio Espagnol (I,II,III) Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico

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Published on Feb 13, 2008

Roselín Pabón: Director / Conductor

Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1887.

The work has five movements.

The first movement, Alborada, is a festive and exciting dance, typical from traditional asturian music to celebrate the rising of the sun.
The second movement, Variazioni, begins with a melody in the horn section. Variations of this melody are then repeated by other instruments and sections of the orchestra.
The third movement, Alborada, presents the same asturian dance as the first movement. The two movements are nearly identical, in fact, except that this movement has a different instrumentation and key.
The fourth movement, Scena e canto gitano ("Scene and gypsy song") opens with five cadenzas — first by the horns and trumpets, then solo violin, flute, clarinet, and harp — played over rolls on various percussion instruments. It is then followed by a dance in triple time leading attacca into the final movement.
The fifth and final movement, Fandango asturiano, is also an energetic dance from the Asturias region of northern Spain. The piece ends with an even more rousing statement of the Alborada theme.
A complete performance of the Capriccio takes around 16 minutes.

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