La Reconquista - Trombone Octet
This trombone octet was inspired by the fall of Granada at the end of La Reconquista, or the long war on the Iberian peninsula between 700-1400 A.D. It highlights the celebration as well as cultural confusion that goes along with a shift in power. It rings with a Spanish influenced fanfare, but also hints at Arabic musical content as the piece emerges, depicting the multiple views expressed during the long and costly war as well as the repressed turmoil in a newly defined kingdom. Throughout, the piece shows the cultural impact that the Moors left in Spain, still influencing culture and music today in this region. The piece concludes with another celebratory and powerful shout depicting the emergence of Spain out of the chaos of war and the blend of different cultures to create a world power that will last for centuries.