• Robert Xavier Rodríguez
  • Piñata (for orchestra) (1991)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • 2+pic.2.2.asx.24331timp.3perchp.pfstr
  • 5 min

Programme Note

Related works:
Piñata (for wind ensemble)

Composer note:

A short, festive crowd-pleaser, Piñata — Concert Overture for Orchestra, blends Mexican folk music, samba rhythms, contemporary symphonic techniques, and American jazz. The score includes quotations of two actual Mexican piñata songs, Hora y fuego and En las noches de posadas, which are traditionally sung at fiestas, such as birthdays or at Christmas time.

After a bustling introduction, the music graphically depicts the swaying piñata, a brightly decorated clay pot filled with candy suspended on a string (in this case, two solo violins). As the excitement builds, there is a series of mighty orchestral whacks at the piñata, which eventually breaks open in a triumphant coda. The work may be presented in concert form or as a ballet.

— Robert X. RodríguezJointly commissioned by the El Paso Symphony and the Dallas Symphony, Piñata is regularly performed on subscription, youth, and family concerts across the United States.

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