The Maestro expressed his great love for his wife in many ways throughout his lifetime. The “Dance on the Name of a Young Girl” has a long curious title and was conceived in 1930 as a New Year’s Eve gift to Joaquín Rodrigo’s fiancée, later his wife. With great libery, the following theme may be derived from the Anglo-Saxon nomenclature of the first 13 notes:
V I C T O R I A C A M H I d c c b d g c a c a a b c
The ceremonious piece is an elegant, aristocratic dance taking the form of a minuet and trio.
Recent publication of the Doctoral thesis by Spanish violinist Eva León, based in New York, under the title: “A Performer’s Guide to Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de estío (1943) in the Context of the Twentieth-Century Spanish Violin Concerto”.
The thesis offers an in-depth study of Concierto de Estío, setting it in its historical, biographical, and musical context, as well as analyzing its form, style, and technical difficulties for performance. It provides background on the evolution of the Spanish violin school and outlines Rodrigo’s contribution to the violin repertoire.
Presented at City University of New York, Eva León’s thesis was recommended by the jury for the Barry Brook Dissertation Award.