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Maestro Évora & El Colibrí


Maestro Évora (soleá). Composed & performed by Daniel Casares.


The style of soleá — from soledad, which means loneliness — dates back to the early part of the mid-1800s when flamenco was officially (i.e., in print) recognized as a genre in Spain. Like most flamenco styles, the soleá was heavily influenced by Spanish folk as well as classical music and dance (including a heavy influence from the Gipsies dating back to 1425). The soleá was originally a style for voice, guitar, and dance. Here Daniel Casares plays an instrumental composition of the style.

 

El Colibrí. Composed by Argentinian composer and guitarist Julio Sagreras (1879-1942) and performed by John Williams.


The word “colibrí” in Spanish means hummingbird and listening to this piece gives the listener a clear sense of Sagreras’ impressionistic intention. Sagreras was a very prolific composer and this piece is among his most famous works. It is a virtuosic piece that showcases arpeggios and picados (alternating I&M fingers for scales).

 

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