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Around the World (Rugani)

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Jessica Rugani

Jessica Rugani

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General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: In a Rug Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Contact composer


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Program Notes

Around the World (2010) is an adaptation for wind ensemble of a suite I originally wrote for solo piano. Each movement explores an aspect of music from different countries around the world. The first movement, Wu, which is "five" in Chinese, is written using the five note pentatonic scale. The second movement, Kaiserhymne, other than being a nationalistic waltz, has as its core the former Austrian national anthem, which is also known as the theme from the second movement of Haydn’s Emperor string quartet. 6 Rue Cortot is a straightforward homage to Erik Satie. The title of this movement was Satie’s address when he was working on his Gymnopedies, and is written in the style of his Gymnopedie No. 1. Guitarra incorporates a habanera rhythm with some harmonic minor thrown in for Spanish flavor, as well as some references to Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. In Tudor, I wanted to capture in my piece the two most important times in English music, the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and music of the early twentieth century, which harkened back to that earlier style. Therefore, I based the middle section of this piece on King Henry VIII’s Pastime with Good Company. Jig is not based on any specific song or composer, but rather the general feel of Irish music. It is modal and the rhythmic drive is much like that of a jig. In Zen, I wanted to represent Japanese culture by capturing some aspect of Zen philosophy. I decided to set in music the concept of “less is more.” I used a six-note scale I found in some Japanese music and borrowed a couple of licks from the famous folk song Sakura. The final movement, Béla, is based on a small piano work by Bartok, In Bulgarian Rhythm, and like Bartok’s work, uses an unconventional key and asymmetrical meter.

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  • East Bay Symphonic Band (Beverly Johnson, conductor) - 3 April 2013 (ACB’s 35th Annual Convention (San Ramon, Calif.))

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