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Joropo

Moisés Moleiro
Simón Bolívar Youth Wind Orchestra, conductor Johan de Meij
 
 
Moisés Moleiro

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Moisés Moleiro (1904–1979)

Venezuelan pianist and composer Moisés Moleiro Sánchez was born in Zaraza on March 28, 1904 and died in Caracas on June 18, 1979. He studied piano with Salvador Llamozas at the Caracas School for Music and Declamation (today the Escuela de Música José Ángel Lamas). From 1933 until 1947 he was Professor of Music Theory and Piano at the same school. His most popular work is Joropo, composed for piano solo. This charming work is a typical dance from Venezuela in 3/8 time.

Johan de Meij, who was appointed regular guest conductor with the Simón Bolívar Youth Wind Orchestra in 2010, orchestrated Joropo for wind orchestra. It was written as an encore piece for the SBYWO, and is dedicated to the founder of El Sistema, Maestro José Antonio Abreu. It was premiered in December 2012 at the annual gala concert in the Simón Bolívar Hall, Caracas – Venezuela, conducted by Johan de Meij. It has become the favorite encore for the SBYWO for their concerts around the world.