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Music of Mexico

Charles Hazlewood and the BBC Concert Orchestra explore some of the ways in which the infectious music of Mexico has found its way into the concert hall.

Charles Hazlewood with the BBC Concert Orchestra take up a Latin American theme as they explore the music of Mexico in the concert hall. As Latin American rhythms became universally popular in the first half of the 20th century, and countries such as Mexico strove to reflect their own voice on the world stage, so a new palette of musical colours and ideas found their way onto the concert programme.

Charles focuses on two works by Mexican born composers. Jose Pablo Moncayo's Huapango is a short orchestral piece based on popular rural dances from his native country and has become his most often performed piece. Silvestre Revueltas' Sensemaya draws on the mythology of the ancient Mayan civilisation and is a symphonic poem infused with Latin American colours, but which also reflects the composer's interest and understanding of Western European music from the first half of the 20th century.

There is also a nod towards Mexico from a North American master, Aaron Copland. His El Salon Mexico came about as a result of a visit to Mexico during which he heard popular music in late night bars and cafes.

Playlist:

El Palo Verde (Mexican folk song)
Cynthia Gooding sings Spanish Mexican and Turkish folk songs
Collectors' Choice CCM-626 Tr 12.

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