Touching moment

A touching moment 

The pianist Ana Benavides accompanying Cecilia Rodrigo, the composer’s only  daughter, who is reading fragments of Joaquin Rodrigo’s writings  about his most universal work, Concierto de Aranjuez.

As of January 13, 2001, Joaquin Rodrigo is the official name of the Auditorium in the Cultural Center of Tetuán.  On that occasion, the district where the composer and his wife lived for the last 25 years of their lives paid him tribute.  An exposition was inaugurated under the title “Joaquin Rodrigo: notes on the life of a genius”, by the musicologist Javier Suárez Pajares as commissioner, and will be open until March 25 in the lobby of Madrid’s cultural center.  A piano recital also took place given by Ana Benavides with the participation of Cecilia Rodrigo reading various texts by her father.

Contest

Contest:

Listen to this piece of music. It belongs to “Berceuse de invierno” (“Winter Lullaby”), which is part of a longer work called “Musica para un jardin” (“Music for a garden”) by Joaquin Rodrigo and  contains three other lullabies: “Berceuse de otoño” (autumn lullaby), “Berceuse de primavera” (spring lullaby) and “Berceuse de verano” (summer lullaby).  

Afterwards, read what the composer himself said about this work:

“Under the title “Music for a garden”, I grouped the four lullabies that gently transform the four seasons of the year into a garden.  All four of them, although each is different, sway to the rhythm  of a cradle song that measures and separates the passage of time.

“Berceuse de invierno” (winter lullaby) is based on a ‘pedal’ or recurrent theme that the English horn gives a slightly pastoral character.  Over this ‘pedal’ the melody is heard played by the clarinet, resembling a Christmas carol, and later repeated by the celesta and finally by the violins and the woodwinds. “
Joaquin Rodrigo


And now, send us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) a pdf with your drawing that shows what these words and this music suggest to you. The winner of the contest will see his drawing appear on our website and will receive either a CD of “Joaquin Rodrigo, el niño que soñó la música” or a t-shirt with the image from the CD.

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