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Recordando a Celia

Remembering Celia
Written in:
2003
Duration:
4'
Instrumentation:
piano
Commisioned by

Commissioned by Elena Riu and Dartington Summer School.

Premiere

Premiered in July 2003 at Dartington Summer school by by Elena Riu.

Programme Note

Recordando a Celia  was written in the summer of 2003 at the time when Celia Cruz – the Queen of Salsa of all times – died in New York.  This piece is a small tribute to Celia Cruz.

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In Recordando a Celia I attempt to use the wide palette of colours offered by the piano, including the option of preparing some of the lower strings, which introduce a percussive sound quality. The sound of plucking the strings directly inside the piano offers the possibility of having a chromatic glissando. The music to be play inside the piano always makes a reference to Celia Cruz.