Cortège Champêtre

Cortège Champêtre

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Cortege Champatre is the fifth piece of a piano series Antilled En Sied, p. 32 (in Hill Country) from Argentinian composer, pianist, pedagogue and conductor Alberto Williams. The five movements integrating this Collection, each one of them in their own unique style , were published in 1893. They eamed widespread success, especially the fourth 2 El rancho abandonado 3 (The Abandoned Huty, which is nostalgic lament of anal life in the Dampas. AIhough the different movements bear titles such as 4 La colna Bombroada 6 (Hin in shadows) or * Insactosy agarias • (Insects and lizards) and would suggest some kind descriptive music WIllams remains attached to an international style strongly rooted in the Romantic tradition that he mostly cultivated during the 1880s and early 1900s avoiding any kind of elements taken from Argentina ‘s folk music This is also evident in Cortege.Crafted in binary form, the pioco opens with a strong statement in the key of Bb major, fanfare like, using blocks o f chords exploring the whole range of the piano. The orchestral sound intended by Williams unmistakabo suggesta large tutti a Tigestoso character. The Second Section, in Gb major follows without preparation. A sweet Cantabile melody accornpanied by broken chords in a simple hormophonic texture introduces us to a country like atmosphere, then rapidly the first section returns, as a toda, to end the piece as it began After his education in Buenos Aires, Williams received a scholarship to study music composition at the Paris Conservatoiro, here he was mentored by Georges Mathias and Charles de Briol in piano, Emilio Durand in harmony and Ernest Guiraud in counterpoint. He furthermore took private lessons in composition with Cesar Franck. Besides piano music, Williams composed nine symphonies, three orchestral poems, two concerts overtures, songs and chamber music. He is regarded as the father of Argentinian music, author of numerous texts on music theory and other anesthetic and historical topics
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