A short, festive crowd-pleaser, Piñata Concert Overture for Orchestra
, blends Mexican folk music, samba rhythms, contemporary symphonic techniques, and American jazz. The score includes quotations of two actual Mexican piñata songs, Hora y fuego
and En las noches de posadas
, which are traditionally sung at fiestas, such as birthdays or at Christmas time.
After a bustling introduction, the music graphically depicts the swaying piñata, a brightly decorated clay pot filled with candy suspended on a string (in this case, two solo violins). As the excitement builds, there is a series of mighty orchestral whacks at the piñata, which eventually breaks open in a triumphant coda. The work may be presented in concert form or as a ballet.
Robert X. Rodríguez
Jointly commissioned by the El Paso Symphony and the Dallas Symphony, Piñata
is regularly performed on subscription, youth, and family concerts across the United States.