Work: Goyescas: Intermezzo
About This Work
Added to his opera Goyescas at the last moment as a way to stall for a five-minute change of scenery, the intermezzo has emerged as a concert piece because of its simple, evocative melody. Over a simple, pizzicato in the lower strings, a singing
theme holds forth until giving way to stereotype Spanish trumpet and castanet riffs. When the stepping pizzicato returns, strings and woodwinds alternate with the simple melody and the work ends peacefully.
-- Michael Morrison
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