Year of composition
Written in a single movement, Alborada (“Daybreak”) moves away from the traditional concept of a solo concerto towards a new proposal, in which priority is given to the equal participation of the piano and the strings, which share the same prominence. The musical dialectic arises not from the traditional confrontation between the soloist and the orchestra, but from the way they complement each other. This participation, nevertheless, presents diverse options throughout the work, giving rise to a great variety of compositional procedures used for the development of the musical material. The complementary nature mentioned above refers to the timbre: while the string ensemble provides the warmness and fullness of its broad sweeps of sonority, the piano helps define the profiles of the melodic lines with its bright, clear and precise timbre. The idea that develops the work is generated from this opposition of timbres: the contrast between warmness and brilliance, represented by the “daybreak”, the indefinite line that separates the night with its shadows, and the day with the clarity of its light.