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String Quartet - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Arranged by Apollo Chamber Players. Classical Period, Folk Music, World. Set of Parts, Score. 43 pages. Apollo CP #009. Published by Apollo CP (S0.12706).

Item Number: S0.12706

In the Basque realms of Spain, one finds a rich palette of rhythms and colors in the region’s folk music. The jota - in the family of pilgrimage dances - originates from Aragon but thrives in a plethora of Spanish regions. The dance rhythm retains a standard ternary meter, and the music utilizes instruments aplenty, from guitars and lutes to drums and castanets.The traditional and popular arin-arin dance also hails from the Basque region. In contrast to the waltzing jota, the arin-arin moves like a quasi-foxtrot in double meter, its eight-bar phrases displaying high steps, jumps, and violent movements. The two dances make perfect and enjoyable companions.This song was transcribed and arranged from a work of the same name by a Basque folk band called Mielotxin. One challenge in arranging a work like this involves translating the heavy ‘beat’ and rhythmic drive of the original music to the stringed instruments of a quartet. After experimenting with clapping, stomping, and the gentle slapping of our delicate wooden instruments, we hope to have found the right mix: the bridge to these two dances features all of the above percussive actions! Aside from the novel percussive additions, a strong melodic bass beat in the cello provides much of the needed rhythmic grounding for these two combined dances. One of our favorites, The melody in Arin-Arin invokes a visceral, sensual journey along beautiful Basque soundscapes.Featured in Apollo's album, 'EUROPEAN FOLKSCAPES,' available on Navona

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