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Memorias de un Hombre de Ciudad

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Luis Serrano Alarcón

Luis Serrano Alarcón

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This work is also known by its English title, Memories of a City Man.

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: PIles Editorial
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €265.00   |   Score Only (print) - €51.00


1. Amanecer en la ciudad (Sunrise in the City) – 3:55
2. Máquinas (y hombres) (Machines (and Men)) – 2:35
3. Intermezzo (10:30) (10:30 Intemezzo) – 1:40
4. Máquinas (Machines) – 2:55
5. Sueños (Dreams) – 3:55
6. Vuelos Nocturnos (Nocturnal Flights) – 4:20
7. Amanecer en la ciudad (Sunrise in the City) – 1:55


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet IA-IB-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-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Memorias de un Hombre de Ciudad (Memories of a City Man) is a descriptive work which criticizes the current people, depersonalization, the work, the routine, the timetables, the speed and the machines dominating tells a person's life during a common day.

The seven movements composing this work follow in a continuous way. The first, Sunrise in the City (Amanecer en la Ciudad), tells the mysterious sunrise within a framework of sadness for a common working day. This movement presents the three notes group (B-G-F sharp).

Machines (and people) (Máquinas y hombres) is a movement of violent rhythm. Two opposed themes attempt to understand each other on a evolving and obsessive cell of triplets which regulates the frenzied rhythm of the current life: 'people's theme' is an expressive melody which uses the former three notes group as a starting point and 'machines' theme' is a repetitive pentatonic melody.

A new motive appears in the movement 10:30 Intermezzo. It is an eight-measure section of homophonic texture and a succession of minor chords without tonal context. After a new eruption of 'Machines' where the second movement elements are developed, a short moment appears in which, in the nightfall, our story character wishes for a better life that is rarely reachable ('Dreams'). The expressive people's melody appears combined with Intermezzo elements.

The music becomes agitated in Nocturnal Flights, (Vuelos Nocturnos), a movement that evokes the vertigo which occasionally produces the nocturnal life. It is a development section where the themes are combined and superimposed. After the climax of the 'Grandioso' the rhythm progressively dissolves until 'Sunrise in the city.' This ends a cycle.

The work presents a clear message: Current people life isn't a succession of days, but it is one lonely day endlessly repeated.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Charles River Wind Ensemble (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) (Matthew Marsit, conductor) - 12 June 2022
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 3 March 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Luis Serrano Alarcón website Accessed 25 March 2016
  • Serrano Alarcón, L. (2005). Memorias de un Hombre de Ciudad = Memories of a City Man : For Symphonic Band [score]. Piles: Valencia.