The ballet “Cecilia and Santiago” is based on a legend of the historian and writer from the 20th century Cayetano Coll y Toste. The piece is an elaborated fusion of colors and recurrent cadence rhythm structures. These rhythmic approaches are oriented to the utilization of native rhythm such as “Bomba” (typical puertorrican folklore genre), especially the pattern of the “Yuba”, that can be easily recognised. The constant and consonant melodies are sustained by colourful harmonies that emphasize the drama and momentum of this story. The story, a puerto rican version Romeo and Juliet, highlights the beauty, passion, hope as well as the pain and death that leads to the victory of love above all things.
Premiere April 19, 2015 at the Jesús María Sanromá Hall in the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Instrumentation Full orchestra