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Guillermo Lago

Guillermo Lago

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General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 22:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Willem van Merwijk
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €120.00


1. Córdoba – 3:15
2. Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – 4:10
3. Addis Ababa - 3:35
4. Montevideo – 2:55
5. Köln – 3:40
6. Tokyo – 4:40


  • Soprano Saxophone
  • Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone

(Full instrumentation desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ciudades (Cities) is a series of musical sketches of cities that have a special meaning to Guillermo Lago/Willem van Merwijk.

At the request of the NDR Big Band and the Amstel Quartet, van Merwijk made versions of two of these city portraits, Addis Ababa and Córdoba. for big band and saxophone quartet, and later adapted these two movements for wind orchestra and saxophone quartet at the request of the (Portuguese) Elle Quartet and the Banda da Armada (the Portuguese Navy Band).

Córdoba (Spain) depicts the town in Andalucia where Lago and his musical friends busked in front of the famous Mezquita in their student years, wandering through the south of Europe and traveling from one adventure to the other. Lago lost his heart to Córdoba.

Addis Ababa is an energetic description of the capital of Ethiopia and inspired by Lago’s collaboration with the Ethiopian singer Minyeshu. They worked together at the famous New Year’s Concert by the Netherlands Wind Ensemble in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in 2007.

Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is dedicated to Lago’s many friends in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the nineties of the last century, the town was hit by a cruel civil war. In the beginning of this millennium Lago was invited to help re-establishing a saxophone class at the Sarajevo Academy of Music and together with ‘Musicians Without Borders’ and his friend Adnan Cico he founded the Winds of Change, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first wind ensemble, a group of young musicians, each of them affected by the country’s recent history.

Montevideo (Uruguay) is a tango ballad dedicated to The Second Capital Of Tango, often overshadowed by its brother town Buenos Aires at the other side of the Rio de la Plata.

Köln (Germany) was the first city outside of the Netherlands visited by Lago at the age of eight, and this movement circles around the river Rhine, the town centre and its cathedral and quotes J.S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue and breathes nostalgia. (2014)

Tokyo (Japan) is a song of amazement, energy, exoticism and joy. Japan’s capital was frequented by Lago on several tours with the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet and the city never stops to intrigue him. (2015)

- Program Note from publisher and University of Georgia Hodgson Wind Symphony concert program, 22 March 2017

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Concert Band Chamber Players (Arris Golden, conductor) - 21 April 2021
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Saxophone Quartet - 18 April 2021
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Saxophone Ensemble - 23 January 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Fresco Saxophone Quartet – 22 March 2017
  • Mirasol Quartet - Texas Tech University – 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Lago, Giullermo (2011- ) Ciudades [score]. Guillermo Lago: [s.l.]