Spanish Flavor in Con Antonio Machado by Joaquin Rodrigo
Smith, Michelle S.
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Joaquín Rodrigo combines nationalistic elements with contemporary compositional techniques to create a twentieth-century Spanish sound. In Con Antonio Machado, Rodrigo composed musical settings for poems by the Spanish poet Antonio Machado to create a song cycle that represents a Spanish musical identity. The poetry represents Spain and traditional Spanish culture; Machado’s love of everything that is Spain is evident in his prose through the representations of Spanish culture, the natural imagery of Spain, and the references to a Spanish pastoral lifestyle. Rodrigo’s musical settings for Machado’s poems reflect the text and paint a picture of the words through music. Rodrigo constructs a Spanish nationalist style in the songs through cante jondo melodic embellishments, Andalucían harmonies, mixed modes, folk elements, and accompanimental guitar effects. Con Antonio Machado epitomizes a Spanish flavor through its combination of Rodrigo’s music and Machado’s verse.