Rasgueado for flute, clarinet in Bb, violin, cello, percussion and piano
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"Rasgueado” is an expansion of a chorale from an earlier work I composed for brass quintet. It is based on a seven measure progression that appears in many several different variations throughout the work. Traditionally, this form is known as a passacaglia, which has origins in Spain and Italy. In Spain, the pasacalle, is a rasgueado, or strummed interlude between dances or the verses of a song. I choose to name this piece “Rasgueado” since parts of the piece are loosely based on the idea of the passacaglia and since the piece opens and closes with the strumming of the cello.