The full title of this enigmatic fandango is “Mystic Legend II – Dance: Danza: El que bailo con el Diablo (He who danced with the Devil)”. An original work for saxophone quartet, although part of a larger four part set of works for varying orchestral forces.
A fandango is a lively couples dance from Spain, usually in triple metre, traditionally accompanied by guitars and castanets or hand-clapping (“palmas” in Spanish). Fandango can both be sung and danced. Sung fandango is usually bipartite: it has an instrumental introduction followed by “variaciones”. Sung fandango usually follows the structure of “cante” that consist of four or five octosyllabic verses (coplas) or musical phrases (tercios). Occasionally, the first copla is repeated.
The meter of fandango is similar to that of the bolero and seguidilla. It was originally notated in 6/8 time, but later in 3/8 or 3/4.
The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:
“Danza: El due bailó con el Diablo” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.