Antón García Abril: Alba de los Caminos and the Concept of Polimelodiosidad
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This essay is focused on investigating the ways in which Antón García Abril uses Polimelodiosidad in his 2007 piano quintet, Alba de los Caminos. Polimelodiosidad is a term to describe a quality of continuous flow of musical expression integrating melody, rhythm, texture, and harmony. It is a melodic quality he seeks to inscribe to the full texture and dynamic flow of the music. It provides a middle ground between tradition and modernism that allows García Abril to project a unique expression of Neo- Romanticism, as it unifies a Romantic concept of expressive melody in continuous variation with modern approaches to rhythm, texture, and form. The first section places García Abril’s compositional style in the context of nineteenth and twentieth century musical developments in Spain. The second section presents García Abril’s musical aesthetic. The third section examines pertinent biographical material. The final section contains the analysis of García Abril’s Alba de los Caminos.