Marcos Fernández-Barrero is a composer and pianist. He was born in Barcelona 34 years ago, and he has won twenty international awards, and his music has been performed in audiences in Europe, the United States, Australia and Taiwan. A year ago, he won the Spanish Symphonic Orchestra prize that will allow him to premiere the work in more than 25 cities throughout the country. Shortly before receiving the prize, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra proposed to write a homage to Bernstein for his centenary celebrations and include it on Tchaikovsky’s Patetique Symphony programme.
Choosing an element that represents the figure of Leonard Bernstein can be a difficult task due to his varied activity as a musician. However, «America» from «West Side Story» is perhaps one of his most emblematic compositions and certainly what Marcos most admires about his legacy. It has given us one of the most famous hemiolas in the history of music, and it also stands out for having represented an exemplary and innovative crossover of musical styles on the time, reflecting the multi-cultural and cosmopolitan sense of cities such as New York.
In this work, Fernández-Barrero pays homage to Bernstein with a spontaneous and unpredictable use of the hemiolia which will keep the listener amused and attentive, while the use of compositional techniques from Jazz, Latin, Pop , Flamenco or Contemporary music will take him to the vibrant and multi-cultural experience of cities such as New York or Barcelona (home-town of Marcos Fernández-Barrero); all of these, embraced in an energetic and playful score that encourages one to dance; «And that’s because Bernstein’s music is always a celebration of rhythm».