Langará

Alexandre Delgado (1965)

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Langará

«Langará» is a Portuguese word which I found by chance in a dictionary: it means «quarrel». This piece reflects a bit of the hasty and chaotic way in which the Portuguese language is spoken and it describes the altercations of three musical persons, in form of variations. Its several episodes should be performed as a pantomime (a frantic one, in places) and with some sense of humour. The prologue, Molto animato, presents the three protagonists. It is followed by four variations in which those themes metamorphose and quarrel. The first variation, in the same tempo, starts at bar 56; the others correspond to Vivo (bar 92), Prestissimo (bar 124) and Calmo (bar 149). The epilogue, Animato assai (bar 171), brings convulsive and circus-like traces of everything that happened before.This work was commissioned in 1992 by the «Young Musicians Award» of the Portuguese National Radio as a set piece for the EMCY 10th European Competition for Youth Prize, which took place in Lisbon in October 1994. Alexandre Delgado