Carlos Castro’s Music for the Viola #1, “Serenata de la Luna” for Viola and String Orchestra

Carlos Castro is one of the most original and important Composers of Costa Rica. He is also the first and only Costa Rican Composers to win a Grammy for his compositions. Carlos comes from a movement in Costa Rica derive form Latin American music traditions or “Latinamericanismo”.

Carlos-Castro-300x229Carlos Castro’s Music musical language and style merges with elegance and sophistication different influences and music traditions, some from Costa Rica, (such as aboriginal, folkloric and Classical Music traditions), and other music from diverse cultures and style such as world music, rock and Jazz. He is very effective in using these influences and creating his own style. At the same time his writing is very economical, clear and always with a message he wants to convey to the listener. Therefore I like to define his style as a Cosmopolitan Latin-American, “Latinoamericanismo Cosmopolita” Continue reading

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J. S. Bach two works for violas

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a composer that understood the potential of the viola at different levels.  Bach himself a great composer and keyboard player was also a good string player, who knew to perfection all the possibilities of the string instruments[1]. He explored the special characteristics of violas, (alto and tenor), in different pieces and ensembles.

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