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Adagio para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento

From Wind Repertory Project
Joaquín Rodrigo

Joaquín Rodrigo


General Info

Year: 1966
Duration: c. 9:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ediciones Joaquín Rodrigo
Cost: Unknown


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II-III
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bassoon
C Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba
Percussion, including:

  • Cymbal (suspended)
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Timpani


Errata

The 1991 printing of this edition contains the following errors, among others:

  • m. 63, missing dynamic in horns
  • m. 70, missing tie in flutes
  • m. 77, a floating accent was inadvertently moved from flute 2 to piccolo
  • m. 122, horns last note should be written A
  • mm. 137-139 notes are missing in flute part
  • m. 140 C natural in Horn 1 should be a C#

Program Notes

Composed on a commission by Robert Boudreau and the American Wind Symphony, Adagio para Orquestra de Instrumentos de Viento (roughly translated as "Adagio for Orchestral Winds") is the composer's first work for winds. Two major moods are presented in a series of contrasting and alternating sections, A-B-A-B-A. During the opening, middle, and closing sections, the mood is quiet and tranquil, with a flowing melody that is woven through the upper woodwinds. The second and fourth section are more angular and fanfare-like, with the brass and percussion supplying the drive. The work concludes with a soft sigh from the lower voices and the timpani.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


Adagio for Wind Orchestra, a monumental work for winds by a master composer, was commissioned by Robert Boudreau and the American Wind Symphony. Far from confined to one affect or tempo, this work moves in and out of expressive, tranquil adagio lines, fanfare figures, and exciting ostinati. The plaintive solo and duo woodwind melodies are supported by piquant brass harmonies. Fanfare figurations finally give way to a somber return of the opening material—this time, with a soulful, final chord and the resting heartbeat of the timpani.

- Program Note by Brian Casey


In Adagio para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento Rodrigo creates a picturesque Spanish ambiance, full of color and delightful melody. The work is in ABA form, beginning with a flute solo reminiscent of Maurice Ravel’s La flute enchantee from Scheherazade, launching into a strongly rhythmic fanfare-like section before returning to its lyrical beginnings. The Adagio was composed for the American Wind Symphony in 1966, which premiered the work in June 1996, conducted by Robert Austin Boudreau.

- Program Note from Illinois State University Wind Symphony concert program, 20 September 2017


Commercial Discography

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Performances

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  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 15 April 2019
  • Arkansas Tech University (Russellville) Wind Ensemble (Daniel A. Belongia, conductor) – 10 March 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 2 March 2019
  • San Francisco Wind Symphony (Martin H. Seggelke, conductor) – 9 February 2019
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 8 February 2019
  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 2 February 2019
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Winds (Dennis Llinás, conductor) – 11 October 2018
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Ensemble (Paula Holcomb, conductor) – 6 October 2018
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 30 September 2018
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) – 17 February 2018
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 7 February 2018
  • Raystown Wind Orchestra (Alexandria, Penn.) (James Everett Latten, conductor) – 28 January 2018
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 8 December 2017
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Ensemble (Christopher Knighten, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Anthony C. Marinello, III, conductor) – 20 September 2017
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony Chamber Winds (Matthew Brunner, conductor) – 29 March 2017
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble (Brian K. Doyle, conductor) – 20 March 2017
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 9 November 2016
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Stephen W. Pratt, conductor) - 28 September 20163


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