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Carlos Surinach

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Ritmo Jondo, Flamenco for Band (1967)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Works for Band/Wind/Brass Ensemble
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Concert Band
Year Composed
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Carlos Surinach Ritmo Jondo, Flamenco for Band (1967)
The three Flamenco rhythms, “Ritmo Jondo”, were first performed in a concert of percussion music at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, on May 5, 1952. The separate movements of drawn from Spanish gypsy sources:

Bulerias: A gay, fast, Flamenco dance, improvisatory in character, with shifting rhythms. The dancer punctuates the guitar and vocal accompaniment with heel-stamping and finger-snapping, while the onlookers interject rhythmic hand-clapping and shouts to spur the dancer on.

Seata: A slow ritual song of Seville, sung in the streets during the Good Friday procession. Instruments are prohibited during this season; however, muffled drums are often employed, adding to the mournful mood of lamentation.

Garrotin: A violent temperamental dance of Flamenco origin, accompanied only by snatches of melody, sung by the dancer and the staccato clapping rhythms of the surrounding observers. Their loud cries of “Ole!” incite the dancer or ever wilder displays of passion.

Note to the performers—
The hand-clapping should be clear and distinct, sounding like percussion, and carefully blended in ensemble with the timpani and tamburo.

—Carlos Surinach

Carlos Surinach was born in Barcelona, spent his formative years in Berlin and Paris, and has lived in the US since 1951. In his music, however, he has never left Spain. Gentle, simple lyricism is his forte, rising at times to melancholy eloquence. The sound of his carefully chosen instrumental ensembles (for example, the graceful Tientos; the catchy Ritmo Jondo) is often brilliant, always clean. "Clean," too, is the word for his melodies, that are charming, sunlit and fresh.
Michael Oliver, Gramophone,1/1/0001
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