Morning Glories: The Sounds of Spain

by Jennifer Anderson, Minnesota Public Radio
June 16, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Every weekday at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call these works Morning Glories.

The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony is on a ten-day journey through the Andalusian region of Spain. It will be performing at the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada on June 21, playing music by Shostakovich and Copland.

We'll be checking in with members of the orchestra while they experience the sights of Spain, and this week's Morning Glories celebrate the sounds of Spain.

Monday

Isaac Albéniz: Spanish Rhapsody
Albéniz was one of the first Spanish composers to embrace the sound of the lively folk music of his country, infusing his works with the rhythms and dances of Spain.

Tuesday

Edouard Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
Written for fiery Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate, Lalo's Symphonie espagnole was one of several pieces that helped spark interest in Spanish culture in the late 1800s.

Wednesday

Joaquín Turina: Fantastic Dances
Turina joined the school of Spanish nationalist composition after meeting Albéniz in Paris; his Fantastic Dances is one of his most popular works, heavily influenced by Gypsy and Andalusian music.

Thursday

Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
Another Rapsodie espagnole, this one by a French composer who was deeply inspired by his mother's Basque heritage.

Friday

Joaquín Rodrigo: Fantasia for a Gentleman
The music in this concerto for guitar and orchestra, written for Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia, is based on a set of dances for solo guitar by 17th-century Spanish composer Gaspar Sanz.


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