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Homenaje a Remedios Varo

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Written in:
1995-96
Duration:
13'
Instrumentation:
flute (=piccolo=alto flute), Bb clarinet (=A=Eb= bass clarinet), percussion, piano, violin, cello
Commisioned by

Commissioned by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble for their twentieth anniversary.

Premiere

Premiered in January 1996 in Pittsburgh by The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble conducted by David Stock.

Programme Note

Homenaje a Remedios Varo, written in 1995 for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, is scored for the “Pierrot-plus” lineup of flute and clarinet, violin and cello, percussion, and piano – a grouping that provides potent sources of colour and texture for Paredes to respond to the fantastic imagery and rich-dark palette of the artist being celebrated. Remedios Varo (1908-63) was born in Spain, encountered surrealism in Paris, and in 1941 settled in Mexico City, where she created most of her mature work, including the five canvases – all viewable online – Paredes reinterprets as music.  

– Paul Griffiths