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Scheherazade and Gypsy Dances in a Solo Piano Performance

By Robbie Martin

Gypsy Dances: Joaquin Turina

Turina, an Andalusian and mezzo-Italiano, had all the fire within at birth to be fascinated by the captivating music of the gypsies and the ability to render it in a symphonic manner, given his extensive and careful training.

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He studied composition in Paris under Vincent D’indy and piano under Moritz Moskowsky. You could not have asked for better teachers at the time.

For the task at hand, Turina couldn´t have chosen better friends: Manuel de Falla, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel were all close friends, big influences, and inspiration for his music.

The outstanding feature in Gypsy Dances is the use of magical musical formulas and scales that are ancient. The music has been referred to as inducing rapture and exhilaration. Zambra, Seduction Dance, and Ritual Dance are good examples of the magic musical formulas. Generalife is a description of the Alhambra and its fountains, and Sacromonte a festive Gypsy dance set at the sacred mount of the Gypsies in Granada.

Scheherazade: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff

A kaleidoscope of fairy tale musical images, this symphonic piece tells the tale of a charming storyteller/princess who manages to save her own life while transforming a mean young sultan into a faithful husband, forever under her spell.

The scene unfolds at the Sultan´s fantastic Oriental palace, where after a thousand and one nights of storytelling and captivating dances, the Sultan is transformed, and they live happily ever after. Maestro Cabrero’s original piano transcription has been carefully done to preserve the orchestral colors.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be transported to a world of musical magic and storytelling.


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