MOSY Motifs

Darwin Aquino on Classical Music in Latin America

April 15, 2021 Ashley Pribyl Season 1 Episode 2
MOSY Motifs
Darwin Aquino on Classical Music in Latin America
Show Notes

In this episode, Dr. Ashley Pribyl interviews Dominican conductor/composer and current St. Louis resident Darwin Aquino. Join them as they discuss the history of classical music on the island of Hispaniola, the important impact of El Sistema in Latin America, how the publishing industry impacts composer diversity, and Aquino’s own journey of becoming a world-renowned composer and conductor. They also discuss the wide variety of amazing music by Latinx composers, giving quite a few specific examples for you to explore!


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The theme for MOSY Motifs is the overture to Treemonisha by Scott Joplin, recorded by Cristian Chiappini & Orchestra dell'Università di Firenze.


Music examples:
 Charles P. Phillips performs “4 Danzas” by Ludovic Lamothe

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Finale from Engima Variations by Edward Elgar

Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Dom. Rep. National Youth Orchestra, Yo Aminicana by Darwin Aquino

Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Danzas de Ballet “Estancia” by Alberto Ginastera

Philharmonie de Paris, La Noche de los Mayas by Silvestre Revueltas

Heidelberg Youth Chamber Orchestra, Fuga con Pajarillo by Aldamaro Romero

 These complete examples, as well as more music related to this episode, can be found here or on our YouTube page.

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