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.
Well, if you like polyrhythms this baby’s for you! Seriously though, R A Moulds is a class composer as anyone who has played his ‘Three Russian Songs’ will verify. This is a flowing work which will test most quartets. The challenge of this piece is to get the cross rhythms accurate without compromising the music’s natural flow. A soprano with a top G would be useful as well. Foot stamps add to the Spanish flamenco feel of the piece. This is an original work which would well worth all the rehearsal time necessary to bring it to fruition.
Gerard McChrystal – Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine, Summer 2006