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Homenaje a Federico García Lorca (arr. Toussaint)

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Silvestre Revueltas

Silvestre Revueltas (arr. Eugenio Toussaint)

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General Info

Year: 1936 /
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chamber orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Baile (Dance) – 3:25
2. Duelo (Sorrow) – 3:40
3. Son (Sound) – 2:55


Full Score
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
Horn in F I-II


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Homage to Federico García Lorca was completed in 1937 as a tribute to the memory of the murdered Spanish poet. Perhaps more than any other Spanish-language poet, Lorca has provided inspiration for numerous composers, and Revueltas, who always kept close to the cultural and political movements of his day, had been in close contact with Lorca’s work for some time.

In the original work, the solo trumpet acts as a narrator, opening the piece and periodically returning to lead the transitions between the different sections. The first section is a dance of macabre ebullience; the trumpet returns as the dance dies down and we are introduced to the darkness and terror of the night. We then emerge from the nocturnal mist and begin to dance again, this time in an ostinato rhythm spiced with Stravinsky-esque metrical hiccups. The juxtaposition of demonic joviality and somber, almost spiritual contemplation is characteristic of much of Revueltas’s music, as are the bright orchestral colors and transparent textures. This arrangement has been scored for harmonie ensemble by Eugenio Toussaint.

- Program Note by Ryan Dory for the Eastman Harmonie concert program, 3 May 2021

Homenaje a Federico García Lorca (Homage to Federico García Lorca) is a work for chamber orchestra by the Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas.

On 19 August 1936, the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca was murdered by fascist militia forces. Outraged, along with many other intellectuals and artists, in October Revueltas composed Homenaje a Federico García Lorca, one of his most important works, which was premiered on 14 November 1936 conducted by the composer. It was given its first Spanish performance at the Salón de Actos de la Asociación de Amigos de Mexico in Madrid on 17 September 1937.

The absence of low woodwinds, violas, and cellos produces a sound meant to evoke a Mexican village band, or the sound of Indian music.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Eastman Harmonie (David Baker, conductor) - 3 May 2021

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