Spanish folksongs - for solo violin & chamber ensemble
This full-length work was composed especially for the "durnoVibe" festival in 2009, and for the violinist Jenny Curiel. It is cast in a large single movement form rather like a violin concerto with a virtuoso part for the soloist, and is based on a number of Spanish folk songs as well as some pastiche folk song-like themes [I originally arranged and composed music for two Lorca plays performed at Weymouth College, and these smaller works formed the basis of Spanish Folksongs. It is not simply a group of tunes following each other like a medley, but a sequence cemented together with substantial portions of free composition based upon the melodies. At the end there is a long coda [when the lower brass instruments are heard for the first time] drawing upon and combining themes heard much earlier.
I cannot recall anymore exactly which of the melodies is pastiche - mostly the melodies are genuine: but not all!