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Premiere of the Month - April 9th

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Duende by Luis Serrano Alarcón

Luis Serrano Alarcón, who has recently completed his new work commissioned by Philharmonic Winds for the WASBE Conference, will conduct the premiere of his Duende on 9th April in Betera, Valencia

First performances of Duende

April 9th - The Band of Centre Artístic Musical de Bétera conducted by the composer

May 7th - band La Armónica of Buñol (Valencia) also conducted by the composer

The composer writes:

"The term Duende is used in flamenco to refer to this state of inspiration and supreme perceptiveness, almost magic, which is only reached by the performer in few occasions. It's also used, in extension, to define a person when someone has a special grace, something difficult to define but that makes him different of the rest. The use of the word Duende as the title of this collection of symphonic preludes, independently of its poetic significance, is mainly based on the fact that I found my principal inspiration for this composition in the Spanish popular music: listening to the piece, the listener can hear, among other features, the symphonic energy of de Falla's scores, the intimacy of Iberia by Albeniz, the magic of the guitar played by Tomatito or Paco de Lucía, the festive happiness of Granadian Sacromonte (a popular flamenco neighborhood in Granada), but specially, and I insist in this one, the obvious presence of winks to other music styles, such as jazz or latin music. With this style fusion, I want to reflect in a symbolic way where our Spanish society stands for nowadays: a society with many traditions, but at the same time a cosmopolitan and modern community, which cannot be different in these modern times we are living."

"Duende has a duration of 16 minutes, and a difficulty level of grade 5. The piece is commissioned by The University of St. Thomas Symphonic Wind Ensemble de St. Paul, Minnesota (USA), conducted by Dr. Matthew J. George, to whom I'm extremely grateful because of placing his trust in me to bring this project alive."