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Zbigniew Zajac (Poland), guest director this week

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Zbigniew Zajac, invited director, presents the VI Concert of the 2018 Season this Friday, February 16 at the Pumapungo Theater at 8 PM. Admission is free until full capacity. The repertoire is: Gymnopédies by Eric Satie with the orchestration of Claude Debussy, Variations on a theme by Haydn, op. 56 by Johannes Brahms, Chirimía and Bambuco Sotareño by Antonio María Valencia and the Symphony No. 1 by Jean Sibelius.

The simplicity of the musical idea with its remindable themes and its enriching effect on our experience is the leitmotiv or main idea of ​​this musical evening.

When listening to the Gymnopedias (1888) by Eric Satie we stop in time. The contemplative melodies and the old way of this cycle, original for the piano, the known ones of how many films that can listen to them again and again. Using media such as the detention of notes and against the evolution of the motif with the retrograde treatment in the best style of the art of the flight of J.S. Bach suspended us in space. The young composer embodied in them such beauty, which caught the attention of Claude Debussy. It is an instrument for the participation of a Parisian public and a masterful instrumentation for the orchestra of the pieces inspired by dances of young dancers in Sparta, there, in ancient Greece.
The next theme, that of the Variations of J. Brahms (1873) is also simple and related to the pilgrimage and singing to Saint Anthony. This Coral opens the Variations on a theme of Haydn op.56ª, which according to tradition is attributed to have been compiled by Haydn, but lately it is stated that it was his student Ignaz Pleyel who created a Divertimento for wind instruments with this theme. Regardless of the discussion on the origin of the theme, Brahms present us with a presentation of transparency, simplicity, with masterly studies of pianissimo in the eighth variation. The end does not leave the main theme for a moment, and the hands of the composer takes a solemn character through history by the masterful way of approaching the form of variations.

From neighboring Colombia we will be delighted by an air of Tierradentro; a Chirimía or Villancico of the pyramids for the feast of Santa Bárbara and a Bambuco Sotareño, compiled as El Sotareño by the lawyer and poet from Paganan Francisco E. Diado. The composer Marco A. Valencia, a scholar in Paris in the last years of Eric Satie's life, contributed to the work Chirimía y bambuco sotareño (1930) the studies on the tiring of the XII century (Provençal poetry). In such New posta way that in El Bambuco, the first part ends in minor mode with refrain, and the second in major mode without it. In total we have a Colombian nationalist work of great wit and memorable sound effects.

With the popular airs and the nationalist cut delights us at the end of this evening Jean Sibelius. This long-standing composer dates from First Symphony to the year 1899, inspired by Finnish mythology and nature. Its beauty is again in the simplicity of the melody, in collage of ideas, in the air of melancholy and in color, yes, a lot of Nordic color. This period of the composer's work reflects the taste for serious sounds, strong, contrasting with short or broad themes, with the amalgams of surprising and passionate harmonic resources. They reflect the emotional state of a Finnish citizen under foreign occupation, with a longing for freedom, but also enduring a complicated personal situation, pending a complete recognition of his work that reached the cities of the twentieth century.

In short, we will be very pleased and with the duty fulfilled, if at the end of the program you, wonderful audiences, if you retain and hum some of these melodies.

Zbigniew Zajac, Guest Director