Dragut el Pirata

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Subtitle: Poema Descriptivo Sinfónico

The title translates from the Spanish as "Dragut the Pirate."

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 18:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ferrer Ferran
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon 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
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Flugelhorn (optional)
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Contra-Bass (optional)
Piano (optional)
Harp (optional)

(percussion detail desired)

Violincello (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Turgus Reis -- known as “Dragut” -- was born at the turn of the XVI century. Dragut was the most feared Ottoman corsair and fought against Christian ships in numerous battles throughout the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, he became famous for his fierceness. Dragut caused an enormous amount of damage to the Spanish fleet which despaired Charles the Fifth, who ordered his capture and condemned him to be a rower for four years. Finally, Barbarroja —an Ottoman admiral— paid his ransom and he was freed.

On May 25th of 1550, the pirate Dragut -- lieutenant of the corsair Barbarroja -- led a surprise attack on the village of Cullera, capturing a valuable booty of assets and captives. This was a big shock for the townspeople, and Cullera remained depopulated for decades.

The symphonic poem Dragut el Pirata takes us back in time to that stunning Mediterranean city of Cullera and describes in music the story and events through the following sequences: Premonition. Turgut Reis, called Dragut (1514-1565). Approaching the city of Cullera. The pirate ship. The astonishing Mediterranean city of Cullera. Preparing the attack on Cullera (1550). Rowing at full sail. Premonition; the village of Cullera will be sacked. The pirate tavern. Dragut and his pirates land in Cullera to start the attack. Firing the cannons. Storming the city of Cullera. Dragut and his pirates flee after the assault. Cullera, sacked and plundered. The recovery of the city of Cullera —Cullera, the paradise.

Dragut el Pirata was commissioned by the City Council of Cullera as a compulsory piece for the 72nd National Wind Orchestra Competition,“Ciutat de Cullera”, in 2019.

This work is dedicated to the city of Cullera and its inhabitants -- a city where the sun, the mountain, the river and the sea create a marvelous paradise and a jewel in the Mediterranean Sea. In this city music plays a privileged role, so much so that there are two extraordinary wind orchestras known worldwide for their exceptional artistic quality.

- Program Note from publisher

Dragut (1485 – 23 June 1565), also known as "the Drawn Sword of Islam", was an Ottoman corsair, naval commander, governor, and noble. Under his command, the Ottoman Empire's maritime power was extended across North Africa. Recognized for his military genius, and as being among "the most dangerous" of corsairs, Dragut has been referred to as "the greatest pirate warrior of all time".

- Program Nite from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Sonatur (Flex instrumentation) (2016)

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