Flags Over Texas

Updated: Apr 2, 2019

Our March 15 program is a showcase concert: one that showcases a variety of our musicians, but also a variety of styles of music. Since our concert is being held in the Frisco City Council Chambers, Programming Director Michael Jones chose music that hails from the history of Texas. The concert will start with music from Renaissance Spain and continue through each of the countries that controlled the lands of Texas. We're including works from Native American composers, as well as composers from Mexico, France, the US, the Confederacy, and Texas itself.

Keep reading below for Michael's description of each piece! And once you're excited about the performance, you can buy your tickets through the Frisco Parks and Recreation website here.

Anonymous: Ayo Visto lo Mappamundi

Originally written in the Sicilian dialect spoken in the Mediterranean islands of the Spanish Empire, Ayo Visto lo Mappamundi ("I have seen the map of the world") was written during the age of European exploration.  The song compares various geographic locations of the Spanish Empire to the beauty of the composer's love, Cecilia, starting with a play on words comparing the name Sicily and Cecilia.  (In true lovesong fashion, those locations in the song do not at all compare to Cecilia's beauty!)

Gaspar Sanz: Canarios

Sanz (1640-1710) was and still is an important figure in guitar compositions and teaching in the Spanish Baroque period.  Canarios is a dance piece with lively rhythmic interplay.  You can listen for the rasqueado, a characteristic strumming sound used often in Spanish-influenced guitar pieces.

François Couperin: Troisíeme Concert Royale

Couperin wrote four suites for the French court.  Unlike many other pieces written around this period, these Concerts Royaux suites were written specifically to be listened to and not danced to.  No instrumentation was given so an ensemble could use any musicians they might have had on hand.  We are performing two movements of the third suite.  The Prelude is slow and highly ornamented in the flute and viola.  The Muzette has an accompaniment style called bourden where a drone of octaves and fifths are the foundation, and the melody plays on top.

Santiago de Murcia: Folias Gallegas

Santiago de Murcia was a musician, guitarist, and composer in Spain during the end of the 1600's and early 1700's.  Although he most likely did not travel to Mexico, many of his compositions did and were not uncovered until very recently.  Folias Gallegas was originally written for solo guitar but our arrangement uses the guitar as harmonic and rhythmic accompaniment.

José Mariano Elízaga: Últimas Variaciones

Elízaga was a Mexican composer in the early 1800's best known for spearheading public music education.  He founded the first music conservatory and music-publishing company in the Americas.  His Últimas Variaciones for solo piano was not found until 1994.  The virtuosic style is similar to the solo keyboard works of Haydn.

Edwin Meyrick: The Texian Grand March

The Texian Grand March was written originally for solo piano and dedicated to "General Houston and his brave men at Arms".  The overall technical skill to perform this piece is not nearly as high as for Últimas Variaciones, making it more accessible to more musicians who did not have a formal education.  During the mid-1800's and later (as we'll see further on in the program) more music was being written and published for the general public. This wider appeal made it necessary for the composers to write music that could be played with a less