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The Orchestra Moves

“Un, dos, tres”

Angélica Negrón

Student Participation: Singing, Basic Recorder

Angélica Negrón’s piece “Un, dos, tres” was inspired in part by a chant that she grew up with. “As I started working on this piece, I kept coming back to a jump rope game I played during my childhood in Puerto Rico. The game has a very simple and playful chant, and the rhythm of the chant was the main inspiration for the similarly simple three-note motif in the piece.”“Un, dos, tres” is a piece that was composed specifically for Link Up students. The piece was inspired by a clapping game she played as a child growing up in Puerto Rico. It has three sections in which students can perform alongside the orchestra.

Singing Section

As the piece is performed, the lyrics below will be projected and you will be invited to sing or play the melody with the orchestra.

Call and Response

You will hear members of the orchestra play short melodies using three notes: G, A, and B. These notes will be represented by the numbers 1 (G), 2 (A), and 3 (B). Your goal is to echo these melodies using your recorder or your voice by listening and following the numbers as they appear on the screen.

Recorder Extended Technique

You will hear the orchestra making fluttery, wind-like sounds with their instruments. You can join in by making a special sound on your recorder: Hold it sideways, blow into the thumb hole, and wiggle your fingers over the holes.

Download a printable guide for “Un, dos, tres” (PDF).

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Composer Bio

Angélica Negrón

Angélica Negrón (b. 1981) is a Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she got her early musical training in piano and violin. Interested in creating intricate yet simple narratives that evoke intangible moments in time, Negrón ...

Angélica Negrón (b. 1981) is a Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she got her early musical training in piano and violin. Interested in creating intricate yet simple narratives that evoke intangible moments in time, Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys, and electronics, as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. She has also composed scores for films, modern dance, and experimental theater. As a longtime participant in the Puerto Rican underground music scene, Negrón is a founding member of the electro-acoustic pop outfit Balún. Also active as a music educator, she is a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program and co-founder of Acopladitos, a Spanish immersion music program for young children.

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