Composed by Rob Stein Percussion by Eric Kruse Sound Design by Tim Mitchell
“Matador” takes the audience through the classic story of a bull fight with all original music, combining a dark, high intensity, contemporary sound with traditional Latin styles. Professional sound design takes this show over the top, drawing in your audience and judges out of the stands and into the arena!
1. The Parade
A Spanish style guitar echos in the distance, as the participants enter the arena with a parade and are introduced to the crowd. A long and exciting accelerando ensues as the winds and percussion enter and build to a huge Latin style impact, and the fight is under way!
2. The First Encounter
The bull enters the arena and encounters the matador for the first time as the fighter tests the bull’s reactions. Contemporary melodies in 5/4 are traded off between sections, leading into a fast paced percussion feature. Winds enter and slowly build to a driving and intense conclusion to this movement, ending with unison rhythmic figures.
3. The Wounded Bull
The bull is wounded, but clings to life to fight again. After a front ensemble introduction, a beautiful and lyrical baritone or trombone solo enters. This melody is handed off to the winds as they layer in, and build to a gorgeous and moving impact.
4. The Final Round
The matador and bull engage in their final encounter. A fun and stylistic percussion feature begins this movement, complete with effective and realistic sound design. We then transition into the final segment, recapping melodies from throughout the show. A trumpet trio shows off their skills, building to the final impact, and a triumphant ending for the Matador!
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