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Ambients composed by Josep Ma Ruera. For String Quartet. Instrumental Sets. Duration 29:15. Published by Editorial de Musica Boileau (BO.B.3151).

ISBN 84-8020-656-X.

Comentarios del Espanol:
El maestro Ruera siempre mostro interes por la musica de camara y ya durante su etapa de estudiante en Barcelona, durante los anos veinte, y para poder ganarse la vida, formo un cuarteto de cuerda con companeros de la Orquesta Pau Casals (los violinistas Parredon y Tuebols y el violonchelista Sainz de la Maza). Durante la primera etapa de su carrera como compositor, escribio diversas piezas para formacion cameristica que posteriormente corrigio y reutilizo, dando pie a errores en la catalogacion por anos de su obra. Este es el caso del su cuarteto de cuerdas Ambients que data, en un principio, de los anos setenta pero que, posteriormente, se ha podido comprobar que fue escrito a finales de los anos veinte (posiblemente el ano 1929). Este cuarteto, dividido en cuatro movimientos, es una muestra, como su titulo nos indica, de dos ambientes muy bien definidos, una presentacion y un homenaje al folklore catalan que tanto amaba el maestre Ruera. El primer movimiento, titulado Presentacio, nos muestra los elementos tematicos que volveremos a encontrar en al final de la obra, utilizando el tetracordo mi-fa#-sol-la. El segundo movimiento, Dansa popular-Sardana en la tonalidad de La Major, es una pequena muestra del interes del maestre Ruera por el folklore de su pais. El tercer movimiento titulado En la capella del monestir, es el primer ambiente bien definido de la obra, un ambiente recogido que nos llevara de la tonalidad de si menor a su relativo mayor sin necesidad de utilizar ninguna armadura. Finalmente, el cuarto y ultimo movimiento, Esplai camperol, cierra la obra con un ambiente mas popular y extravertido utilizando de nuevo el tema principal y el tetracordo del primer movimiento. Nos encontramos ante un cuarteto intimista con una estructura formal bastante neutra pero lleno de sorpresas armonicas que nos dejan entrever la personalidad estricta y a la vez bohemia de su compositor. --Anna Maria Piera.

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