El Torico de la Cuerda

From Wind Repertory Project
Luis Serrano Alarcón

Luis Serrano Alarcón

General Info

Year: 2002 / 2006
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Robert Martin
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.21   |   Score Only (print) - $22.44


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Although not a descriptive piece, but a mere concert pasodoble with bullfight sonorities, behind the sounds of El Torico de la Cuerda we can find many of the experiences and feelings that the composer feels to this popular and colorful festival that takes place every August in Chiva, his hometown.

The piece opens with a brilliant trumpet solo which is followed, in pasodoble tempo, by a rhythmic and temperamental theme, in C minor, and a trio in E-flat major, elegant and sweet in which different timbres of the band are appearing in a subtle and ordered manner. The most remarkable aspect of this trio is the initial solo for three piccolos that acts as a counterpoint to the main melody. Finally, unlike most pasodobles, the second theme hasn’t recapitulation. Instead of this the first theme reappears brilliantly combined with the initial scale of the second theme, as counterpoint, in medium register.

This piece, one of the most popular pages from the composer, has been performed in a lot of countries like Portugal, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Colombia, USA, Argentina, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, among others.

- Program Note from publisher

El Torico de la Cuerda is a time-honored festival held every August in Chiva, Spain. Part bullfight, part street festival, it honors the heritage of this historic town and its citizens.

-Program Note extracted from Asociación Peña Taurina


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Margaret Underwood, conductor) - 5 October 2022
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina) Wind Ensemble (Carl Rowles, conductor) – 27 March 2019
  • Triangle Wind Ensemble (Juan José Navarro, conductor) – 14 April 2018

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