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Adam Del Monte / Blog

2nd Flamenco Concerto 'Paisajes'

Paisajes (Landscapes) is Adam del Monte’s second concerto for flamenco guitar. As the composer notes, “it is an ongoing exploration to meld the two very different worlds of traditional flamenco forms, rhythms, and melodies with the symphonic idiom.” And, because flamenco is an oral tradition, one particular challenge is to “orchestrate the nuances” of the style. Part of del Monte’s solution is to have the orchestra not only accompany, but at times also function “like a second giant guitar,” which involves harmonic voicing and a “guitaristic distribution of parts around the orchestra.” Paisajes follows some traditional aspects of the concerto form, but with an evolving thematic process across the three movements. As the composer relates, “each movement reflects the different landscapes of places that have deeply inspired me.”