Ernesto Cordero (musician)

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Ernesto Cordero (1946, New York) is a Puerto Rican composer and classical guitarist.

Ernesto Cordero (composer), at Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009)

Ernesto Cordero began his higher studies in 1963 when he entered the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and he continued at the Madrid Royal Conservatory, Spain where he earned a diploma in 1971. Subsequently, he did post-graduate work in composition with Roberto Caggiano in Rome, Italy from 1972 to 1974 and with Julian Orbón in New York from 1977 to 1978. He first studied guitar from 1961 to 1964 with Jorge Rubiano and he later worked with several teachers, most importantly Regino Sainz de la Maza in Spain in the 60s and Alirio Díaz and Claudio de Angelis in Italy in 1972. Since 1971 he taught composition and guitar in the music department of the University of Puerto Rico. In addition to his activities as composer, performer and teacher, Ernesto Cordero, was music director since 1980 to 1997 of the International Guitar Festival of Puerto Rico.[1]

Composer and guitarist Ernesto Cordero (born in 1946 in New York and raised in Puerto Rico) has composed a large rich catalogue distinguished by its Caribbean flavor. He has written eight concertos (four for guitar, two for violin, one for flute-piccolo and one for the Puerto Rican cuatro),orchestra compositions, a variety of chamber works in which the guitar appears in diverse ensembles and numerous guitar solos, some of which have become standards. He has received important awards for composition and his music is performed and recorded worldwide by the finest artists. To date, there are more than forty recordings of Cordero's works and most of his several dozen compositions have been published under the banners of leading publishers, for example; Max Eschig (France), Berben (Italy), Chanterelle, Antes Edition and Hubertus Nogatz (Germany), Doberman-yppan, Les Productions D'OZ (Canada), Mel-Bay Publications, Boosey & Hawkes,Editions Orphée, Falls House Press and Michael Lorimer Editions(USA).

Although Ernesto Cordero is now generally known only as a composer, the New York Times reviewer Peter G. Davis highly acclaimed Ernesto Cordero's January 1978 New York Carnegie Recital Hall debut as a guitarist and as a composer: "His technique is impeccable, remarkable for its finger independence and ability to clarify and articulate the most complex textures. The colorist variety of his playing is also extensive, and the subtle interplay of tonal nuances gave each piece a solid musical profile as well as supplying a beguiling sensuous wash of sound". Of Cordero's compositions, the New York Times review said, "... like Mr. Cordero's performances they projected a healthy combination of skill, sensitive invention and sound musical effect".

Milestones for Ernesto Cordero have been the performances and recordings of his guitar concertos: the 1978 and 1983 premieres in Puerto Rico of the Concierto Evocativo and the Concierto Antillano, the 1988 performance of the Concierto Antillano in Paris by the Philharmonic of Radio France under the baton of his close friend and colleague Leo Brouwer, and the 1991 premiere at the Sixth International Congress of Guitar in Mettmann, Germany of the Concierto Bayoán. Ernesto Cordero's countrymen Iván Rijos, Leonardo Egúrbida, Juan Sorroche and José A. López have all performed his concertos, as have leading international performers including, Angel Romero, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Manuel Barrueco, Costas Cotsiolis, Eduardo Fernández, Pepe Romero, Alírio Díaz, Carlos A. Pérez among many others. The Concierto Antillano, has been recorded three times, first by Costas Cotsiolis and the Philharmonic Orchestra of liege directed by Leo Brouwer (Música Viva MV 88.045), later by Carlos Barbosa Lima (Concord CCD-42048-2), and more recently by Angel Romero who made a video of the Concerto (Corporación de las Artes Musicales). Presently, the San Juan Orchestra directed by Roselín Pabón has recorded "Tres Conciertos del Caribe", an all Cordero CD which presents the Concierto Evocativo with Leonardo Egúrbida as guitar soloist, the Concierto Bayoán with Iván Rijos as guitar soloist and the Concierto Criollo with Edwin Colón Zayas as soloist on the cuatro, the characteristically Puerto Rican folk lute which is double strung with metal strings like the mandolin or the bandúrria (Tropical Concerti CD).

Works[edit]

Cordero's prolific output as a composer includes eight concertos (four for guitar, two for violin, one for flute-piccolo and one for the Puerto Rican cuatro), a variety of chamber works in which the guitar appears in diverse ensembles and numerous guitar solos, some of which have become standards. His compositions include the following:

  • SOLO GUITAR
    • Preludios Primaverales (1967–1976) (Cinco Preludios) Mel-bay Publications
    • Proteus (1972) Bèrben
    • Dos Tiempos de Sonata (1972) Max Eschig
    • Sonata Italiana (1972) Doberman - Yppan
    • Sonatina Lontana (1972) Doberman - Yppan
    • Diez Piezas de Juventud (1972–1980) Mel-bay Publications
    • Descarga (1980) Adela (Michael Lorimer)
    • Suite Antillana (1980) Mel-bay Publications
    • Seis milonga (last movement of the suite) watch on YouTube
    • Two Popular Andalusian Themes (1973) Mel-bay Publications
    • Dos Piezas Afroantillanas (1985) Chanterelle
    • El Carbonerito (1986) Mel-bay Publications
    • Modern Times, Volumes 1-3 (1986–1990) Chanterelle
    • Pinceladas Nocturnas (1988) E.3400B. Bèrben
    • Tres Cantigas Negras (1989) Hubertus Nogatz watch on YouTube
    • Tropical Nocturnes (1989–1997 easy pieces) Adela (Michael Lorimer)
    • Pregunta y Mapeyé (2000) Chanterelle
    • Perugia y La Catedral de Taxco (2007–2008) Editions Orphée
  • Two Guitars
    • Sonatina Tropical (2001) Doberman - Yppan
    • last movement of Sonatina Tropical watch on YouTube
  • Four Guitars
    • Punto y Canto para Cuatro Angeles (1996) Doberman - Yppan
  • Voice and Guitar
    • Mis Primeros Versos, Eight Songs (1967–1981) Opera tres
    • Four Works for Voice and Guitar (1973–1976) Chanterelle
    • Two Sentimental Songs (1996) Chanterelle
    • Dos boleros, Yo que no siento ya (1993) y watch on YouTube
    • Mi silencio (2006)
  • Voice, Flute and Guitar
    • Two Songs (1973–1976) Hubertus Nogatz
  • Voice, Flute, Violoncello and Guitar
    • Cantata al Valle de México (1981) Max Eschig
  • Flute and Guitar
    • Fantasía Mulata (1986) Bèrben
  • Guitar, Flute, Violoncello and Bongos
    • Dinga y Mandinga (1994) Max Eschig
  • Guitar and Mandolin
    • Desde mi balcón (2009)
  • Guitar and Orchestra
    • Concierto Evocativo (1978) Revised Edition Max Eschig
    • Concierto Antillano (1983) Revised Edition Mel-bay Publications
    • third movement watch on YouTube
    • Concierto de Bayoán (1995)
    • Concierto Festivo (2003) Mel-bay Publications
    • second movement watch on YouTube
  • Guitar and Piano
    • Concierto Evocativo (reduction)
    • Concierto Antillano, (reduction) Mel-bay Publications
    • Concierto de Bayoán, (reduction) Hubertus Nogatz
    • Concierto Festivo, (reduction) Mel-bay Publications
  • Cuatro Concerto
    • Concierto Criollo para Cuatro y Orquesta Sinfónica (1986) watch on YouTube
  • Violin Concertos
    • Concertino Tropical for Violin and String Orchestra (1998) Antes Editions watch on YouTube
    • Ínsula, Suite Concertante for violin and string orchestra (2007) watch on YouTube
  • Flute-Piccolo Concerto
    • Concierto Borikén for Flute-Piccolo and Orchestra (2001) Falls House (in preparation) watch on YouTube
    • Concierto Borikén (reduction 2009) Falls House (in preparation)
  • Voice and Orchestra (Songs)
    • Mis primeras canciones para voz y orquesta
    • Voz del güiro (1967), Mi primer verso (1967), Dice la fuente (1972),
    • Era mi dolor tan alto, (1976) y La hija del viejo Pancho (1974)
  • Voice and Piano (Songs)
    • Cinco canciones Antillanas (1967–1974)
    • Voz del güiro
    • Pregunta
    • Si quieres comprender
    • Mi primer verso
    • La hija del viejo Pancho
  • Mandolin (Solo)
    • Improvisación I y II (1979) Plucked String, Inc. NL Publications
  • Choral Music
    • Three Caribbean Chants, for SATB chorus and piano (2002) Boosey and Hawkes
    • Estampas Criollas for SATB chorus and piano or optional string orchestra (2005) Boosey and Hawkes, VIDEO IS AVAILABLE on YouTube

Although Ernesto Cordero is now generally known primarily as a composer, the New York Times reviewer Peter G. Davis highly acclaimed Ernesto Cordero's January 1978 New York Carnegie Recital Hall debut as a guitarist and as a composer: "His technique is impeccable, remarkable for its finger independence and ability to clarify and articulate the most complex textures. The colorist variety of his playing is also extensive, and the subtle interplay of tonal nuances gave each piece a solid musical profile as well as supplying a beguiling sensuous wash of sound". Of Cordero's compositions, the New York Times review said, "... like Mr. Cordero's performances they projected a healthy combination of skill, sensitive invention and sound musical effect".[2]

Milestones for Ernesto Cordero have been the performances and recordings of his guitar concertos: the 1978 and 1983 premieres in Puerto Rico of the Concierto Evocativo and the Concierto Antillano, the 1988 performance of the Concierto Antillano in Paris by the Philharmonic of Radio France under the baton of his close friend and colleague Leo Brouwer, and the 1991 premiere at the Sixth International Congress of Guitar in Mettmann, Germany of the Concierto Bayoán. Ernesto Cordero's compatriot Iván Rijos, Leonardo Egúrbida, Juan Sorroche and José A. López have all performed his concertos, as have leading international performers including, Angel Romero, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Manuel Barrueco, Costas Cotsiolis, Eduardo Fernández, Pepe Romero, Alirio Díaz among many others. The Concierto Antillano, has been recorded three times, first by Costas Cotsiolis and the Philharmonic Orchestra of liege directed by Leo Brouwer (Música Viva MV 88.045), later by Carlos Barbosa Lima (Concord CCD-42048-2), and more recently by Angel Romero who made a video of the Concerto (Corporación de las Artes Musicales). The San Juan Orchestra directed by Roselín Pabón has recorded "Tres Conciertos del Caribe", an all Cordero CD which presents the Concierto Evocativo with Leonardo Egúrbida as guitar soloist, the Concierto Bayoán with Iván Rijos as guitar soloist and the Concierto Criollo with Edwin Colón Zayas as soloist on the cuatro, the characteristically Puerto Rican folk lute which is double strung with metal strings like the mandolin or the bandúrria.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ernesto Cordero, Michel Lorimer, New York, 2008
  2. ^ Music: Cordero Plays Guitar, Peter G. Davis, January 30, 1978, New York Times

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