Narciso Yepes - Concierto de Aranjuez I. Allegro con spirito

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The Concierto de Aranjuez is a composition for classical guitar and orchestra by the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. Written in 1939, it is probably Rodrigo's best-known work, its success establishing his reputation as one of the foremost post-war Spanish composers.

Composed in early 1939, in Paris, amid the tensions of the pending war, it was the first work Rodrigo had written for guitar and orchestra. The instrumentation is unusual: rarely does the guitar face the forces of a full orchestra. However, the guitar is never overwhelmed, remaining the solo instrument throughout.

This concerto is in three movements, Allegro con spirito, Adagio and Allegro gentile.

The second movement, the best-known of the three, is marked by its slow pace and quiet melody, introduced by the English horn, with a soft accompaniment by the guitar and strings. A feeling of quiet regret permeates the piece. Ornamentation is added gradually to the melody in the beginning. An off-tonic trill in the guitar creates the first seeds of tension in the piece; they grow and take hold, but relax back to the melody periodically. Eventually, a climactic build-up starts. This breaks back into the main melody, molto appassionato, voiced by the strings with accompaniment from the woodwinds. The piece finally resolves to a calm arpeggio from the guitar, though it is the strings in the background rather than the guitar’s final note that resolve the piece.

The third movement is in mixed metre, alternating between 2/4 and 3/4.

The Concierto de Aranjuez was inspired by and written for the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the spring resort (or palace) and gardens originally built by Philip II in the last half of the 16th century, and later rebuilt in the middle of the 18th century by Ferdinand VI. The work attempts to transport the listener to the sounds of nature in both another place and time.

According to the composer, the first movement is "animated by a rhythmic spirit and vigour without either of the two themes... interrupting its relentless pace", the second movement "represents a dialogue between guitar and solo instruments (cor anglais, bassoon, oboe, horn etc.)", and the last movement "recalls a courtly dance in which the combination of duple and triple time maintains a taut tempo right to the closing bar". He described the concerto itself as capturing "the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds and the gushing of fountains" in the gardens of Aranjuez.

Some say that the second movement was inspired by the bombing of Guernica which happened in 1937. In her autobiography, the composer's wife Victoria maintains that it was an evocation of the happy days of their honeymoon, and a response to Rodrigo's devastation at the miscarriage of their first baby.

Rodrigo dedicated the Concierto de Aranjuez to Regino Sainz de la Maza.

Rodrigo, having been blind since age three, was a pianist and did not play the guitar, yet he still captured the spirit of diversity of the guitar in Spain.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concierto_de_Aranjuez


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Αυτή είναι η μουσική της Τζοβάνας και του Λαμπίρη, λέει η Κιτσή στο χωριό μου.
Αλλά που να τα θυμάστε αυτά εσείς οι νέοι. :(
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Εμείς οι νέοι; Αχ, σ' ευχαριστώ, Πραζ... Το καλύτερο που άκουσα μέχρι στιγμής σήμερα!
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Εμείς οι νέοι; Αχ, σ' ευχαριστώ, Πραζ... Το καλύτερο που άκουσα μέχρι στιγμής σήμερα!

Δηλαδή, έχεις ξεπεράσει τα τριάντα;
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Tarapia tapioco. Prematurata alla supercazzola o scherziamo? - Come se fosse antani anche per lei soltanto in due, oppure in quattro anche scribai con cofandina; come antifurto, per esempio.


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Εντελώς, όμως!
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Ε, μα κι εσύ, βρε Λίνα, βιάζεσαι και τρέχεις να προλάβεις να μεγαλώσεις. :-)


 

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