Iberian Escapades

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Iberian Escapades: The Villas of Boca Raton, op. 135
Boca Raton Middle School Band, Boca Raton, Florida
Michael Fraley, Director
2009 – grade 3 – 5:00
Alfred Music – #31725


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Written for the Boca Raton Middle School Band in Florida, Iberian Escapades was inspired by the resort architecture of Addison Mizner, whose Mediterranean-style estates launched a "Florida Renaissance" and inspired architects across North America. Mizner identified each of his Boca Raton villas with Spanish names, three of which are captured in this musical collage: El Mirasol (it watches the sun) is a fanciful Flamenco-style opening; El Solano (the east wind) presents exotic colors and romantic themes; and La Guerida (the bounty of war) ends the piece with an aggressive and energetic statement.