The opening to this challenging work is loosely based on the Spanish folk dance that is an offshoot of the Flamenco style. It begins with a 4 against 3 independence exercise that outlines the Andalusian cadence associated with the fandango, followed by a rubato singing style cadenza, into the main section reminiscent of the Spanish guitar pieces so often adapted to marimba. A full blown fugue follows that stretches the players ability to juggle four voices at the same time, but relates back to the fandango with intervening stretto and a closing restatement using the Fandango rhythms and cadence.
Fandango and Fugue in A Minor
- Category: Solos & Etudes