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Music Appreciation Group - Sept 2018

by Glenys Alsop - 16:20 on 04 September 2018

On Monday 3rd, the Music Group met at Glenys’s house. The theme for September was Latin American and, as usual, the group produced a delightful mix of items.

The morning began with a recording of the Brazilian composer/singer/guitarist Antonio Carlos Jobim singing his “The Girl from Ipanema”. From there, we travelled north to northern Mexico for “Por un Amor” from “Conciones de mi Padre” (“Songs of my Father”), sung by Linda Ronstadt, then south to Bolivia for “El Condor Pasa”, played on the panpipes by father and son Jöel and Cedric Perri.

Babs produced a dramatic organ composition by the Argentinian Alberto Ginestera – “Variezioni E Toccata Sopra”, based on part of a 5th century Easter hymn (“Aurora lucis rutilat”) – and David followed with the classic bolero by the Cuban composer Isolina Carillo, “Dos Gardenias”, sung by Ibrahim Ferrer and the delightfully named Buena Vista Social Club.

The music continued to range widely over Latin America:

Vladimir Vega, the Chilean composer/singer (with the Grand Union Band), singing his “New Day” (a song envisaging La Guajira – the desert in the north of Colombia);

Two items performed by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela (the original El Sistema orchestra) – the programme notes were in Japanese, thus .......!

“Cancion Del Minero”, by Victor Jara (Chile) – guitar and voice;

Florilegium, with Bolivian Baroque and the Arakaender Bolivian Choir, performed both baroque music and a traditional Bolivian folk tune;

Two pieces by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos:  “Choros No 1 – Typico”, played by the guitarist Norbert Kraft; and an instrumental version of his famous aria, “Bachianas Brasileiras”;

Mexico again – for Alvaro Carillo (“El Fabuloso”);

Thence to a George Gershwin composition, “Cuban Overture” – inspired by a visit to Havana in 1932 – which included a selection of Latin American percussion instruments;

... and the morning’s music concluded with the Argentinian composer Piazzolla’s “Libertango”.

The October meeting will take place at Angela and Alan’s on Monday 1st, when the theme with be:  “Music you would like as a celebration of your life”.

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