Obertura la Pichupin

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General Info

Year: 2010 / 2019
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Cayambis Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $76.40   |   Score Only (print) - $25.45


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II

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Program Notes

Composed in 2010, the Pichupín Overture is the result of an exploration of sonorities by using several harmonic and melodic resources that the composer noticed while listening to the symphonies of Gustav Mahler. From its opening measures, the work transmits an energetic, dramatic and tense impression. It uses a dense instrumentation, and from the very beginning, its principal melodic cell (a simple ascending arpeggio of a minor chord) is highlighted by rapidly repeating chromatic descending lines in the upper winds that outline the interval of a third. This introductory section leads to the exposition of the work’s main theme, in which the initial tension has dissipated and a more placid march is established. Soon, a sequence of chords first heard in the low brass creates a chorale-like transition that modulates to D major. Although it depends, as before, on the same melodic and arpeggiated cell, within a slower tempo a new melody emerges that evokes an almost pastorale-like moment. However, by returning to the same chordal sequence, the work suddenly recapitulates the thematic and rhythmic material of the exposition, once again in a minor key.

Struggling to come up with a suitable title, the composer finally settled on using his Cocker Spaniel’s nickname, because the accentuation of its four syllables, la-pi-chu-PEEN, exactly corresponds to the three short and one long note motif that is first sounded by the horns and euphonium.

- Program Note by composer


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