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Atlantida

Title: Atlantida

Composer: Anna Cazurra

Instrumentation: Piano and String Orchestra

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25,49 € tax incl.

100-078


Rental material - price of the score with part of piano soloist  --  During a prolonged stay in a city in the interior of the Spanish peninsula, the contemplation of the dry landscapes, the dryness of the climate and the extreme solitude of the streets in the early hours of the summer afternoons lead me think about the distance to the coast and to recall with nostalgia the humid heat, the exuberance of the vegetation and the incessant activity of the people near the sea. This brought to mind another solitary and likewise desert landscape, the Atlantic Ocean, a desert of water that separates a peninsula and half a continent with a common culture. I realized that our musical tradition, Iberian, had transcended from these dry lands to cross this desert of water and to be fused with other cultures of the American continent that would endow it with exactly that: exuberance, liveliness and bustle. - These thoughts inspired me to compose Atlàntida, a work that brings together, in a very stylised fashion and with a very personal reading, the Hispanic-Arabian bequest exported overseas and the contributions of the native traditions of the Amerinds, together with the profound sense of rhythm of the black people carried against their will to those lands that enslaved them, who were able to reconcile their musical tradition with the other cultures. - Written in a single movement, Atlàntida moves away from the tradition of the solo concerto to seek the balanced participation of the piano and strings in a single musical dialectic and at a similar technical level. The work is structured in two parts, the first part containing the presentation of the themes and the second the development and the conclusion. - After a brief introduction by the strings and then by the piano, the first theme appears, dynamic and vibrant, and full of references, which is built up from the dialogue between the piano and the strings. The second theme contrasts in presentation and in character. Here, the piano and the strings work more closely together to create the musical texture. The theme subtly reminds us of certain rhythmic patterns of the Brazilian musical tradition, full of sensuality and where syncopation becomes very prominent. A third theme follows, characterized by an intense, very expressive lyricism and that brings a special depth to the work.  This symbolizes nostalgia, which is the principal element of the work and the most emotional one, in contrast to everything that has been heard previously. - In the second part the themes appear again but here they are developed and are much more elaborate. They make way for the evident triumph of the third theme, representing nostalgia, in one of the most intense moments of a work that presents diverse climatic moments all through its development.