The piece Fantasia Concertante, which is structured as a single movement, fits perfectly into the fantasia genre: a free discourse from the solo instrument which, in spite of being based on an initial theme, includes various themes by way of improvisation.
The treatment that Benejam makes of each member of this family is completely idiomatic, harnesses their respective resources without forcing them and achieves a balance indicative of a deep understanding. These characteristics are present in the Four movements for string quartet, a piece full of both grace and intensity.
This small piece of less than five minutes is much appropriate for starting of a concert.
Among the symphonic works of Benejam, there are three major concerts: violin, saxophone and oboe. The oboe concerto was composed in 1965, during the compositional maturity of the author.
The name Aplec stems from the open and Catalan nature of the tunes, with a very populist bent, which are in exquisite taste and treated with a refined counterpoint and rich orchestration.
Composed in 1962, the Flamenco Overture is one of the orchestral works that Benejam wrote once he had settled in Birmingham (Alabama), and reflects the Hispanic character of other works that he also composed during those years such as Baile (Spanish Dance), the Iberian Preludes and Lorqueña.
The four Cançons sobre poemes de García Lorca (Songs on poems of García Lorca) by Miquel Ortega are written in a style that we might call post-falla, with evident Spanish roots, essentially Andalusian, given the nature of the poems.
The general inspiration of the piece stems from traditional music, although no traditional theme is referred to at any point during the piece. It could be described as a stroll (a suite) through various environments and atmospheres which abound with good taste that commences with a delicate, albeit rhythmic prelude introducing the two main elements on...