Solo Sunday – #4 El Bachiano for Solo Flute (Raimuno Pineda)

Greetings and welcome to a new Solo Sunday!

Today’s video, El Bachiano by Raimundo Pineda, is a newer piece (2017) and a spicier spin on the famous Bach Partita. I worked on this piece late last year in preparation for a competition and absolutely fell in love with it. Doesn’t it just make you want to dance? Well, that is the point (see the description from the composer below). 🙂

Enjoy! And as always, happy fluting!

-Dr. G.

From the composer: “The Bachiano was written for the Venezuelan maestro Jose Antonio Naranjo, pillar of the flute  school in my country. When I was a child, I was his pupil. He taught me to love, among other  things, the traditional music and to make it an inseparable part of my identity as a musician  and as a person. The first part of the piece is a Venezuelan national dance (Joropo) with Bach  style, with melodic twists that makes us remember the great German genius. Though it’s  possible to execute thinking about the tempoes of a baroque dance it’s necessary to have in  mind that the Joropo is a dance, in which the tempo must not be very slow. The central part is very calmer, like a melancholic fantasy, if it’s wanted. This interlude slowly shows the Joropo up to leading it in the middle of acelerandos and spasms to the awaited refrain, where the music acquires a very much faster tempo in which the singers of the Venezuelan east  improvise comparing their talent with the mandolin players and the performers of the  “cuereta”, type of accordion that it’s a leader voice in the oriental folk music of Venezuela.  The virtuosos arpeggioes tests the ability of the improvisers and take the dancers to the paroxysm.”

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