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Robert Xavier Rodríguez

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Piñata (1991),
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
1991
Duration
5 Minutes


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Programme Note
Composer note:

A short, festive crowd-pleaser, Piñata — Concert Overture for Orchestra, blends Mexican folk music, samba rhythms, contemporary symphonic techniques, and American jazz. The score includes quotations of two actual Mexican piñata songs, Hora y fuego and En las noches de posadas, which are traditionally sung at fiestas, such as birthdays or at Christmas time.

After a bustling introduction, the music graphically depicts the swaying piñata, a brightly decorated clay pot filled with candy suspended on a string (in this case, two solo violins). As the excitement builds, there is a series of mighty orchestral whacks at the piñata, which eventually breaks open in a triumphant coda. The work may be presented in concert form or as a ballet.

— Robert X. Rodríguez
Jointly commissioned by the El Paso Symphony and the Dallas Symphony, Piñata is regularly performed on subscription, youth, and family concerts across the United States.



Performances
Date
Title
  • 05 FEB 2013
    Dayton, OH
    Dayton Philharmonic
    Neal Gittleman, conductor
  • 05 FEB 2013
    Dayton, OH
    Dayton Philharmonic
    Neal Gittleman, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2012
    Plano, TX
    Plano Symphony Orchestra
    Hector Guzman, conductor
  • 05 OCT 2012
    Little Rock, AR
    Arkansas Symphony
    Philip Mann, conductor

    Other Dates:
    5 November; 22 January 2013 - Little Rock, AR
  • 08 OCT 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    Florida Atlantic University Symphony Orchestra
    Laura Joella, conductor
  • 19 FEB 2010
    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    Filarmonica de Jalisco
    Hector Guzman, conductor
  • 19 FEB 2010
    Mexico
    Jalisco Philharmonic
  • 20 JAN 2010
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego Symphony
    Philip Mann, conductor

    Other Dates:
    21 January - San Diego, CA
  • 11 NOV 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
    Allen Tinkham, conductor

Reviews
...the blockbuster of the concert, a kaleidoscope of color, rhythms, textures and dynamics, it elaborated on the hi-jinks of breaking a piñata. There [were] hints of Leonard Bernstein's jazzy show tunes, Latin Syncopation, massed brass, a riot of percussion with marimba, xylophone, blocks, bells, drums and a delicious violin duet in the strings that held the piñata. It left us wanting more.
Betty Ligon, El Paso Herald Post,1/1/0001
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