By Valerie Powell
After listening in on rehearsal this morning, I decided that after a long hiatus I would return to the Friday song of the week. Of the three pieces on Saturday night’s concert, the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo caught my attention for a few reasons.
First of all, of the European composers, we rarely hear Spanish music. The sound is quite distinct and different from the traditional roster of German, French and Russian composers. The piece made me feel as if I were sitting on a rooftop, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at sunset, while below vendors hustle and bustle on cobblestone streets. Secondly, this is the first time we have introduced the guitar as a classical instrument at Strings Music Festival. Most people associate the guitar with rock and roll and country, but it is also fascinating when backed by a full orchestra, rather than a drum kit.
You can listen to the piece in the video below, which shows John Williams performing the Concierto at Royal Albert Hall in London.