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Suite Ernestína

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Suite Ernestína

Suite Ernestína


Suite Ernestína – Lucas Saboya


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 Colombian composer and “tiple” player, he was born in 1980 in Tunja – Boyacá. He began his studies at “Escuela Superior de música de Tunja” (Superior Music School of Tunja) at the same time he started approaching the tradition of the Andean music of his country playing the Tiple (traditional Colombian instrument). In 1995 he founded along his brothers Daniel Saboya (Guitar) and Diego Saboya (Bandola) the music trio “Palos y Cuerdas” (typical music format of the Colombian Andes region). In this trio he begins to approach composition with a language based on traditional Colombian music. Later he studied composition with Gustavo Parra. He gets a bachelor degree in Music from “Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia” in the “Colombia Creativa” program. He completed his master’s degree in composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Saboya’s music is framed in a style described by Eliecer Arenas Monsalve (Colombian musicologist) as “Artistic Music coming from Popular Tradition.” His prolific compositions have been widely performed and recorded internationally. As a soloist and with “Palos y Cuerdas” he has performed in major concert halls and important stages in America and Europe. He has been soloist with orchestras such as the City of London Sinfonia in London, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá, Symphonic Orchestra of Tolima and “Batuta” Symphonic Orchestra of Medellin (Colombia), premiering concert works for Tiple. Lucas has worked with conductors such as Andrés Orozco, Adrian Chamorro, Ricardo Jaramillo and Sergio Sanchez. He belongs to the project “Baroque Orchestra” of the Young Philharmonic Orchestra of Colombia.

Recently (2013) he received along with his brothers “Palos y Cuerdas” The “National Music prize for Records Production” Awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, thanks to the latest Palos y Cuerdas record: “PALOS Y CUERDAS LA MÚSICA DE AGUSTÍN BARRIOS, ANTONIO LAURO Y GENTIL MONTAÑA”. He is part of the new trends in composition of Colombian and Latin American Andean music; Currently he is working on guitar compositions and he is a professor at “Universidad Pedagógica y tecnológica de Colombia”.

Suite Ernestina

Composed in 2011, Suite Ernestina is dedicated to Ernestina Vargas de Saboya, the composer’s grandmother, and was written by the guitarist Daniel Saboya, his brother. The title of the first movement Costurera (Seamstress) pays homage to one of Ernestina’s frequent activities. The second movement, De algún modo (Somehow) is based on the guabina, a traditional rhythmic dance of the Colombian Andean region. Its theme is from one of the composer’s earlier works written for a typical Colombian trio of the Andean region, comprising bandola, tiple and guitar.

The title of the third movement, Canción de cuna para seis (Cradle song for six), refers to Ernestina’s sons and daughters. The final movement, Zamba negra (Black zamba), is a small quote here from Manuel Ponce’s Sonatina Meridional and also an allusion to Danza negra from Antonio Lauro’s Suite Venezolana. This is a Zamba that includes virtuosic scale passages, harmonic modulations, and characteristic melodies of the continent’s southern folkloric music.

* The world premiere recording of this Suite was recorded in the album “Guitar Music of Colombia” of Naxos label by guitarist José Antonio Escobar, released in 2015.


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