03: ROMAN CASTILLO

(Walter Mony, violin / Tomoko Long, piano) • Roman Castillo is a corrido, a ballad which originally came from the Spanish Romance poetic form. It is a much beloved lyric throughout Mexico. The modern Mexican Corrido may take the form of a singer/guitarist wandering from table to table in a quiet, walled, outdoor restaurant, or a lively mariachi ensemble filling a town square with its exuberant sounds. Rollin encountered the melody during his several composer residencies in Guadalajara, Mexico. The strophic setting joins the traditional melody with attractive invertible counterpoints.

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