Perhaps unique to this work is the use of the dancer as an integral musical soloist. Historically the role of the flamenco musician is to follow the dancer. Inspired by this, Movement 1, The Discovery of Art
, opens with only motion, before the musical elements emerge and begin to coalesce. From that point on, the movement loosely follows the Tangos Flamencos
form, a lively 4/4 with the metric accent falling mostly on beat 4. The Oppression of Art
, movement 2, is modeled after the Seguirilla
, a tragic song form with a 5 beat compás
of 12 subdivisions (counted 1 & 2 & 3 & a 4 & a 5 &).
Movement 3, The Romance of Art
, is a slow lyrical section with a Marimba cadenza inspired by flamenco’s familiar Spanish Phrygian harmonic cadence.
Movement 4, The Celebration of Art
, is a flamenco Allegrias
, literally translated as “happiness.” This movement follows a 12 beat compás
with a shifting metric stress and features all the traditional Allegrias
The virtuosic performances, unique musical styles, and tight energy among the three soloists grab the audience from the opening gestures and maintain an edge-of-the-seat hold until the climactic flamenco ending.