La Virgen de la Macarena (arr Marlatt)

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Bernardino Bautista (arr. David Marlatt)

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Eighth Note Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00


Full Score
B-flat Solo Trumpet
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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Virgin of Hope of Macarena (Spanish: Virgen de la Esperanza de Macarena de Sevilla) popularly known as La Esperanza or Virgin of Macarena, is a pious 17th century Roman Catholic wooden image of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in Seville, Spain. The Marian title falls under a category of Our Lady of Sorrows commemorating the desolate grievance and piety of the Virgin Mary during Holy Week. The image is widely considered as a national treasure by the Spanish people, primarily because of its religious grandeur during Lenten celebrations.

The image is also known for local folklore, most notably its discolored cheek allegedly caused by a wine bottle thrown by a drunken Protestant rebel at her face which pious legends also claim has never been able to be removed. Its popularity among the masses is often highlighted in the five rose-emerald brooches attached to her dress given by the famed bullfighter José Gómez Ortega (Joselito).

- Program Note from Wikipedia

This is a traditional bullfighting song made famous by the great trumpet virtuoso Rafael Mendez. There has been a short introduction added quoting part of Bizet's Carmen. This introduction serves to set up both the soloist and the famous "bull" tune played by the low brass. The use of rubato should move the tempo quite dramatically within the solo sections. Most of the technical figures in the solo part should be played in time so they line up with the other parts.

- Program Note from publisher

The melody is attributed to the Spanish composer Bernardino Bautista Monterde (1880-1959), about whom little is known.

Anyone who has ever been to a corrida (bullfight), either in Spain or in Latin America, has probably heard the same music during the course of the ballet-like entrance of the various participant in the bullfight, concluding with the entrance of the hero of the day, the matador himself.

The music usually used for these bullfight ceremonies isI taken from an unlikely source. It is an arrangement, usually featuring a trumpet solo, of a piece by an obscure composer, Bernardino Bautista Monterde, which is homage to one of the many national Holy Virgins, this one in the Spanish town of Macarena, La Virgen de la Macarena. Usually the statues of the Virgin Mary that are special to a particular town or area are carried, on various Christian Holy Days, through the street of the town for the townspeople to see and admire, and are then taken into the local church or cathedral for a special Mass. Thus the music is processional in tyle, befitting the carrying of the statue of the Virgin through the streets.

Its almost university use in bullfights was probably due to two aspects of the music. First, its processional nature, accompanying the entry of the participants into the bullring. Second, it would seem fitting that a work relating to the Virgin Mary be used to bless the participants in the ensuing contest, and keep them safe from great harm.

It is rare for a composer to gain worldwide recognition through a single work, but just this happened to Bernardinio Monterde. Even though hi name doe not appear in music encyclopedias, textbooks or biographical dictionaries, his music has become very familiar to those millions of spectators who have become bullfight aficionados, as well as countless others.

- Program Note from score of Alfred Reed edition by Raymond A. Barr

NB: The word "virgin" is spelled virgen in Spanish, virgin in English.


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