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World premiere of the Luis Humberto Salgado Concerto for Piano with Alex Alarcón

The Symphonic Orchestra of Cuenca, under the baton of maestro Michael Meissner, Conductor, with the participation of the outstanding Ecuadorian pianist, Alex Alarcón Fabre, presents the V Concert of the I Season 2018, in which the world premiere of the Concert No. 3 will take place. for Piano and Orchestra by the great Ecuadorian composer Luis Humberto Salgado, this Friday, February 9, at the Pumapungo theater at 8 PM. Admission is free until full capacity. This is the repertoire:

Polvetsian Dances - Aleksandr Borodín. They are the best-known fragment of the opera Prince Igor by Aleksandr Borodin. It is often interpreted as an independent piece in concerts and is one of the most popular works of the classical repertoire. With a libretto by the composer and inspired by a medieval poem, the action of the work is located in the year 1185 and narrates the fight of Prince Igor against the Polovetsianos, an invading tribe. In the opera Igor Prince, the Polvetsian Dances constitute a brilliant moment of Act II, when Igor is taken prisoner with his son, his keeper offers him freedom in exchange for an alliance that the prince rejects, which arouses the admiration of his enemy, who then orders dances in his honor: Dance of the slaves, Dance of all, Dance of men.
Concert for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 - Luis Humberto Salgado Composed about 55 years ago (September 1963). In this concert you can appreciate the compositional maturity of Luis Humberto Salgado where he mixes avant-garde languages ​​of the twentieth century, as he himself expressed his form of composition called Neodiatonism. The Concert has a combination of tonal, atonal, polyrhythmic and polyphonic elements.

The first movement is in the form of allegro sonata, widely used in concert form, with elements of the composer's own approach to dodecafonismo (School developed by Arnold Schönberg in the use of the 12 scale sounds), but with a certain remembrance of the tonal harmony that makes a perfect impasto, between both compositional languages.
The movement II moving emotive, consists of three sections that show a perfect balance between the orchestra and the soloist, with a melodic development that reminds us of romanticism, in addition that the construction of this movement is structured in a mirror form.
The III final movement is a light sonata rondo, with dialogue sections between the soloist and the orchestra. (Alex Alarcón Fabre)

Petrushka - Igor Stravinsky, is a ballet composed in 1910-1911 and revised in 1947. It is the story of a traditional Russian puppet, Petrushka, which, made of straw and with a bag of sawdust as a body, takes on a life of its own and develops emotions. Its gestation is somewhat complex, apparently the composer had had a vision: "I saw a man dressed in full dress, with long hair, the musician or the poet of the romantic tradition, who put several strange objects on the keyboard and made them The orchestra broke out with the most vehement protests (hammer blows, in fact) ... "Later, he said:" In the composition of the music, I had in my mind the clear image of a puppet, suddenly endowed with life, exasperating the patience of the orchestra with cascades of diabolical arpeggios, the orchestra, in turn, retaliates with threatening trumpets. " Although Stravinski had conceived music as a concert work. The Russian choreographer Diaghilev immediately realized his theatrical potential. The notion of a puppet reminded him of Petrushka, the Russian version of Punchinello, which had been a traditional part of the Carnival festivities in St. Petersburg since 1830. Stravinsky composed the music during the winter of 1910 to 1911 for the Russian Ballets of Sergei Diaghilev. It premiered in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet on June 13, 1911 under the direction of Pierre Monteux, choreography by Mikhail Fokine and sets by Alexandre Benois. The leading role was danced by Vaslav Nijinsky.