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Robert Xavier Rodríguez

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Frida: Concert Suite (1993)
G Schirmer Inc
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
23 Minutes
English, Spanish
Solo Instrument(s)
mezzo soprano
Alternate Orchestration
cl(asx)/tpt(flugel).tbn/perc/ (or multiples)
Programme Note
Robert Xavier Rodríguez Frida: Concert Suite (1993)
Related works:
   Frida (opera)

  • Ensemble
    Voices of Change
    Angelina Réaux, Soprano
    Robert Xavier Rodriguez
  • 14 JUL 2015
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Kazan Co-op
    Stacey Fraser, Soprano

    Other Dates:
    15 July - Halifax, Nova Scotia
    16-19 July - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 25 APR 2014
    San Bernardino, CA
    California State University San Bernardino
    John Russell, conductor

. Like the painter's art, Mr. Rodríguez's FRIDA contrasts serene lyricism with a much harsher language that underlines the tragedy of Ms. Kahlo's life. The SUITE uses a singer-narrator to outline the course of [Kahlo's] life. Mr. Rodríguez has created music of lyric beauty as well as pungent dissonance. Episodes of strongly Latin-flavored music reflect the Mexican setting of the piece. Mr. Rodríguez's work makes a haunting tribute to an unforgettable artist who seemed to be damned by fate.
Olin Chism, Dallas Morning News,01/01/0001
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