Canciones y Danzas (Fine, Vivian)

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 1. Adios, Bilbadito (Farewell to Bilbao)
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Vivian Fine estate (2011/7/11)

 5. Jiga de la Muerte (Death's Jig)
#108863 - 1.21MB - 2:38 -  9.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - - !N/!N/!N - 802x

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Vivian Fine estate (2011/7/11)

Performers:

Joel Brown, guitar
Jan Vinci, flute
Ann Alton, cello

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Albany Records

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From Albany Records CD Five Premieres: Chamber Works with Guitar.
Used with permission.

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 Complete score
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Rhymesandchymes (2011/6/15)

PMLP215363-Canciones y Danzas.pdf
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Vivian Fine Estate

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 Guitar
#105516 - 0.19MB, 6 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - !N/!N/!N - 305x

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 Flute
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 Cello
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PMLP215363-Canciones Guitar.pdf
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Vivian Fine Estate

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Performance Restricted Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 1.0 [tag/del]

© COPYRIGHT NOTICE. THIS FILE IS PROTECTED UNDER COPYRIGHT LAW.
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General Information

Work Title Canciones y Danzas
Alternative Title
Composer Fine, Vivian
Movements/Sections 5 movements:
  1. Adios, Bilbadito
  2. Oda a las Ranas
  3. The Frog Prince and the Señorita
  4. Soliloquio (guitar solo)
  5. Jiga de la Muerte
Year/Date of Composition 1991
First Performance 1992-11-08
State University of New York at Cobleskill.
Joel Brown (guitar), Jan Vinci (flute), Ann Alton (cello)
Dedication Joel Brown
Average Duration 14 minutes
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation guitar, flute, cello
External Links Vivian Fine website


Misc. Comments

Commissioned by Joel Brown


Canciones y Danzas draws on a variety of Spanish sources. Adios, Bilbadito (Farewell to Bilbao) has its origins in the Spanish Civil War of the 30’s, when Bilbao fell to the reactionary forces of General Franco. Oda a las Ranas (Ode to Frogs) is based on a poem by Pablo Neruda: “The frogs’ serenade rises in my dream and excites it / rises like a twisting vine / to the balconies of my childhood / to my cousin’s breasts…” (translation by Elsa Neuberger). The Frog Prince (of fairy-tale fame) and the Señorita speak with the voices of the guitar and flute while dancing a tango. Soliloquio is dedicated to the memory of my long-time colleague, Louis Calabro. Jiga de la Muerte (Death’s Jig) reflects the direct confrontation with the power of death expressed in Spanish music.

— Vivian Fine, liner notes to "Five Premieres: Chamber Works for Guitar," Albany Records.

Reviews

Fine has created a wonderful menagerie of musical characters, using the properties of the individual and combined instruments—frogs leap out of the cello, Death takes the form of a giant thrumming insect. But there is more to this piece than programmatic touches. Every sound and event is brought under the influence of the musical progress and the elaborations of character. From the opening exchange between pizzicato cello and guitar, the melody strides out in strong tonal progressions of a decidedly Moorish cast against the rhythms of the tango and hard bursts of harmonic dissonance. A distinctive, and extremely effective element throughout the set, is the pairing of flute and cello, either as a two-octave doubling or in parallel tenths and thirteenths. Also successful is the fourth movement—for solo guitar-which, like Chobanian’s work, is rich in its simplicity. It is also profoundly moving. The solo guitar leads into the finale and is joined by the cello to create the wonderful thrumming sound mentioned earlier. In every aspect, this set of pieces is wonderfully conceived and executed.

— Richard Greene, Guitar Review, Spring, 1994


All five works on the disc are major pieces, perhaps the most successful, Vivian Fine’s five-part Canciones y Danzas. Fine’s songs and dances exploit the guitar in an original way, getting inside the Spanish sensibility for the play of darkness and light. The opening piece—“Adios Bilbadito” (Farewell to Bilbao)—refers to the destructions of a village during the Spanish Civil War. It starts out fairly simply with a little tune on the guitar and ends with screams from the flute and laments from the cello....

Fine loves frogs, In Oda a las Ranas she has the cello croaking away while the other instruments swim enticingly—Fine’s little musical joke about the love life of frogs, perhaps Spanish ones. The final Jiga de la Muerte reminds you of the grotesque carvings on Spanish cathedrals in which a skeleton dances with an animal of some sort. Fine’s piece mocks death in the manner of Don Quixote dueling with his windmill. The musicians, particularly Brown, made the Spanish image universal.

— Ron Emery, Albany Times-Union, July 10, 1996


Women’s work that stands out…includes Vivian Fine’s splendid Canciones y Danzas on ‘Five Premieres: Chamber Works with Guitar’ (Albany TROY 086).

— Joseph McLellan, Washington Post, January 10, 1993



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