Three Spanish Dances
Pasodoble translates literally to “double step” and is traditionally an introductory song set as a march for entrances of bullfighters. The opening is to be played stately and fanfare-like, while the clarinet presents a fragmented melody. The two-part march begins at m. 40 and is separated by a clarinet cadenza, which sets up the bright fanfare ending of the bullfighter’s dance.
The Tango is a dance originated in Spain as “Baille con Carte” (Dance with stops). Early Tango was considered immoral for its overly flirtatious style. Phrasing and rhythms are an important part of this tango, where the piano keeps a steady rhythm and the violin and clarinet present their respective melodies, and eventually turns to a quasi waltz then to a slower seductive motif, then recapitulating with a grandiose flair, as a dance would present at the end of the dance.
Traditional Flamenco is based on a 12-beat rhythmic pattern emphasizing the alternating patterns of 3 and 2 (1 2 3, 4 5 6, 7 8, 9 10, 11 12). Instead of emulating a sound of Spanish Flamenco, the emphasis is on the patterns of 12 and uses therein. The piece is based on the alternating of instrument groups and the phrasings of 12-patterns with traditional accents and rhythms.