Roberto Sierra: Piezas Caracteristicas
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR725     Release Date: 1996-01-01
Catherine Schubilske, violin; Scott Tisdel, cello; William Helmers, clarinet, bass clarinet; Shawn Mauser, bassoon; Dennis Najoom, trumpet; Stefanie Jacob, piano; Thomas Wetzel, percussion; Neal Gittleman, Conductor

Whether classic montuno or contemporary salsa, vibrant or serene, the beat of Roberto Sierra's music is unmistakably Latin American, specifically Puerto Rican. “The montuno rhythm is an inevitable inspiration for me,” says Sierra. “Because I am Puerto Rican, my music is Puerto Rican. Always. The wealth of images I have I mind refers to that place where I grew up, to the sounds, the colors, the sunshine, the Puerto Rican sky. Even the more abstract music has an accent that points to where I was born. Then again, Puerto Rico is part of the world and, like the rest of the world, it eventually merges into something larger. There may be other sources of inspiration for me, of course,” he adds, musing on examples of Norway's fjords to Cayuga Lake, New York. “But the integral part would still be Puerto Rico.”

This is not to say that Sierra means to either reproduce or emulate local color. Although he has been called the Aaron Copland of Puerto Rico - and like Copland, he certainly evokes sylvan pleasure from a most urban point of view - Roberto Sierra remains an original. “I am not a modernist, and I don't want to be a minimalist. Not that there is anything wrong there: an artist has the right to do whatever he or she wants to do, to belong to a school or to have no school at all. I have no school. None. It's wonderful. I just want to be my own musician, whatever that may be.”


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Track Listing

Piezas Caracteristicas: I. Segundas Menores - Agresivo y atriculado
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Piezas Caracteristicas: II. Segundas Mayores - Suave
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Piezas Caracteristicas: III. Breve Interludio en Curatas - Rápido
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Piezas Caracteristicas: IV. Terceras Mayores - Sereno
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Piezas Caracteristicas: V. Teceras Menores - Rítmico
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Ritmorroto: I. Con absoluta precisión rítmica
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Ritmorroto: II. Con calma
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Ritmorroto: III. Agresivo
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Tres Fantasias: I. Montuno - Con gusto
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Tres Fantasias: II. Coral - Espacioso y sereno
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Tres Fantasias: III. Doce - Agresivo y ritmico
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Cinco Bocetos: I. Preludio
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Cinco Bocetos: II. Canción del campo
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Cinco Bocetos: III. Interludio nocturno
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Cinco Bocetos: IV. Canción de la monta̱a
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Cinco Bocetos: V. Final con pájaros
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Con Tres: I. Pasacallejera
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Con Tres: II. Adagio Lírico
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Con Tres: III. Un motivo para establecer algunas diferencias
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