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Andean Music for piano - URU

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  1. Anonymous

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    Hi!!

    Many Bolivian composers used Andean themes or motives in their music.

    URU, which was composed by Victor Jimenez Garcia, is an Andean Descriptive poem, it begins with an slow poetic intro and ends with a "Huayño" (Bolivian Dance).

    V.J.Garcia, who composed many folk songs for piano solo, also wrote some academic pieces, one example of these academic and more elaborated works is URU.

    The recording is from my new CD of Bolivian music.

    I hope you enjoy it.



    Garcia - Uru
     
  2. nathanscoleman

    nathanscoleman New Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hola, Ruddy y Bienvenido!

    I'd love to know some more about the composer ... I was just thinking the other day about how few Latin American composers I know and play. I enjoyed the piece a lot ... sounds like a fun piece to play.
     
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    That was a nice, lively piece! Please provide more information on the composer. I know nothing about him.
     
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    At first this reminded me of Rzewsky's "The people united shall never be defeated" but that impression did not last long. Despite the fresh and cheerful melodies, I think this is a rather clumsy piece. Your vigorous execution (nothing but praise for that !!!) can not dispel the idea that this was not a great composer.
     
  5. Anonymous

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    About the composer

    Thank you for your comments.

    I post a short bio of the composer. :

    Victor Jimenez Garcia was born in the small village of Toco (Cochabamba Bolivia) on July 28, 1910 in a musicians family. He took music lessons from prominent german-jewish teachers Walt Schneider and Emilio Hochmann.
    Between 1950 and 1960 he won many national compositions contests prizes, he composed in a vernacular style (folk and native music). He Composed than 230 works including Cuecas, Bailecitos, huayños, yaravies, Cacharpayas, zapateados, taquiraris, pasacalles, kaluyos or andean dances- He composed also dozens of School Hymns, Patriotic songs, Choral works, Masses and religious works, Christmas songs and Paraguayan Polkas. Many of his works where perfomed by chamber music ensambles, national and international performers. And other works were performed by the National Symphony Orchestra.

    He also published his book "Memories from Chaco", when the author narrates his life in war. and deads in 1999 in Cochabamba

    He was an important composer in the vernacular (folk) style, and many of his works are widely performed by the most important folk bands in the country. URU first was written for Choir. Maybe, the piano solo version is not as convincing as the first.
     
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    Uru

    This certainly has the style and harmony of Bolivian folk music in many places. I enjoyed hearing it. It sounds almost like a transcription of Bolivian indigenous music except for a few small parts.
     
  7. pianolady

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    This is up. Please check all the links on this file and also on your other Garcia pieces. Thanks.
     

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