My music is the expression of the feeling of a true Sevillian who did not know Seville until he left it. – Joaquín Turina
One of the most unusual pieces to hit the #Heifetz2018 stage this summer was a little-known sextet by Spanish composer Joaquín Turina called Scène andalouse, or “Andalusian Scenes,” scored for the unusual combination of solo viola, piano and string quartet.
As suggested by the quote above, the piece represented something of a homecoming for Turina, who after showing early prodigious skill on the accordion (!), was packed off to Paris (a rite of passage for Spanish composers) to study composition. As his publisher notes, “His earlier works had shown the influence of the French Impressionist school as well as that of César Franck and (his teacher Vincent) d’Indy’s own teacher. However, two of his fellow countrymen and important composers then living in Paris, Isaac Albeniz and Manuel de Falla, took him aside and encouraged to find inspiration in the popular music of Spain and Andalusía. This he did.”
The result is this piece, dating from 1912. It’s in two movements: Crepuscule de Soir (at twilight), followed by A la fenetra (at the window), suggesting a serenade from a lover to his beloved on a balcony.
Our Francis Auditorium audience was serenaded in this performance by violist Gilad Karni, joined by pianist Stefan Petrov, and the four members of our student Shenandoah Quartet: Dallas Noble and Luca Sakon, violins; Breanna Lang, viola; and Jacqueline Hager, cello.
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