Latin-American Music with Elbio Barilari
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      Dom Dinis: King of PortugalDom Dinis: King of Portugal

      Music from Portugal

      Little Portugal, once one of the mightiest nations in the world, can boast of an amazing musical treasure. From the medieval period to the present, Portuguese composers have been in the forefront of western art. Fiesta! attempts a first overview to Portugal’s fabulous music history.

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      Regino Sáinz de la Maza

      Forgotten Geniuses and Pioneers

      Throughout history some musicians have reached immense popularity just to be quickly forgotten, many times without a clear explanation. In other cases, artists from the past still enjoy considerable fame but only as pioneers on their field. Fiesta! pays tributes both to forgotten geniuses and pioneers.

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      La Fragua de Vulcano, by Diego Velazquez

      La Fragua de Vulcano, by Diego Velazquez

      The Myth and Music

      Throughout history, myths have been a popular source of inspiration. Ibero-American composers (that means from Spain, Portugal and Latin America), have been using Greek, Roman, Biblical, Arab, Chinese or Indian mythology as well as the myths of the original native cultures together with the rich traditions brought by Africans slaves.

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      Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt (Chilean, 1925-2010)

      Composers from Chile

      ¡Fiesta! pays a new visit to giants of Chile’s musical history, such as Pedro Humberto Allende, Domingo Santa Cruz, Alfonso Letelier and Gustavo Becerra.

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      Placido Domingo

      Viva la Zarzuela!

      The first half of the 20th century saw the incredible popularity of an exclusively Spanish genre: The Zarzuela. It can be defined, superficially, as light opera without being “operettas.” Zarzuela constitutes a delicate balance between Spanish folk music. costume dramas and an operatic style. This program of ¡Fiesta! features brilliant moments of the zarzuela repertoire, and we speak with producer/arranger/singer Melissa Segarra about this wonderful genre.

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      Nahuatl Codex

      Visions of the Vanquished

      “The Vision of the Vanquished” or “La voz de los vencidos”, a 1959 book by Mexican historian Miguel León Portilla was very instrumental in changing the view that Latin Americans had about the clash of cultures and the cultural genocide that took place in the continent. The Native-American experience in Latin America has been reflected abundantly and in many different, even conflicting ways, by our composers.

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      José Pablo Moncayo, composer

      José Pablo Moncayo, composer

      The Music of José Pablo Moncayo

      The author of the very popular Huapango – considered as the second Mexican anthem – composed several symphonic and chamber pieces of great importance. Fiesta! pays tribute to this giant of the 20th century Latin America.

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