Compositions with Folk-Ethnic Connotations
[(1) See details of the following works under Compositions for Orchestra]
HOMAGE TO CASALS, a thoughtful work based on "the song of the birds" a Catalan melody which Casals used to play after his cello recitals.
HOMAGE TO SARASATE, a brilliant work based on the "zapateado"-a Spanish dance- by Sarasate.
SINFONIA EN NEGRO (Homage to Martin Luther King). Work with Afro-American ideas.
QUASI UN PASODOBLE, a musical fantasia based on the "pasodoble" a Spanish dance-march performed during a bull-fight.
SARDANA, a free version of the Catalan national dance.
ZAPATA:IMAGES FOR ORCHESTRA, a colorful four movement work using Mexican folk melodies, including "la cucaracha", "Adelita", "Jarabe tapatio". A suite from the opera "Zapata".
COLUMBUS:IMAGES FOR ORCHESTRA, a colorful four movement work using Spanish folk ideas- in the three first movements- as well as Indian-American ideas in the fourth one. A suite from the opera "C.Columbus".
SYMPHONY n. 4-Lausanne, a work using Swiss folk ideas.
SHADOWS, a short work of light and darkness in which a Catalan popular melody is dissected.
LINE AND THUNDER, short fantasy on a Latvian folk melody.
ECHOES, brilliant work in which several Irish melodies are presnted in what essencially is a jige.
[(2)See details of the following works underCompositions for Orchestra with soloists.]
CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA, a three movement work using Catalan popular melodies.
THREE ANECDOTES-Concertino for Castanets and Orch., a work using a Spanish instrument in a deeply Spanish way.
MUSIC FOR OBOE AND ORCHESTRA-Lament from the Cradle of the Earth, a virtuoso work with Amazon-like suggestions.
MORNING MUSIC, a tender work for flute as soloist using a Catalan melody.
CONCIERTO MAGICO for guitar and orch.,exploring the poetry and drama of the Spanish Gypsies.
CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCH. n. 3, modernistic exploration of the Spanish pasodoble, Andalusí music and the jota.
MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND ORCHESTRA, a two movement work using Catalan popular melodies.
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 -”New Orleans”- Virtuoso concerto in two movements, the first a meditative “Negro spiritual”, the second brilliant and jazzy.
[(3) See details of the following works underOperas.]
HANGMAN,HANGMAN!, a chamber opera using a cow-boy subject as well as some thematic ideas from the Far-West.
THE TOWN OF GREED, a "cartoon" tragicomic chamber opera, a sequel of "Hangman, Hangman!" in which primitive jazz is used.
ZAPATA, grand opera using Mexican folk ideas.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, grand opera using Spanish as well as Indian-American folk ideas.
[(4) See details under Compositions for Band or Wind Instruments]
Irish Dreams for brass & perc. A brilliant surrealistic treatment of several popular Irish folk tunes
[(5) See details of the following work under Compositions for Chorus]
EBONY FANTASIES, work for chorus and orchestra using Negro-spirituals.
[(6) See details of the following works under Chamber Music]
CAPRICHOS No. 1, based in three Latin American dances.
CAPRICHOS No. 2, based on Andalusia folk melodies.
CAPRICHOS No. 3, based on Spanish, German and Irish folk melodies.
SPIRITUAL, based on a negro-spiritual
[(7) See details of the following works under Compositions for Solo Instruments]
ADAGIO No 1