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Westray Composes Work Based on Don Quixote

Seventeenth century Spanish literature isn’t often thought of as impetus for creative inspiration, but trombonist and arranger for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) Ron Westray took Miguel de Cervantes’ classic modern novel Don Quixote de la Mancha and created his own “opus.”

Titled Chivalrous Misdemeanors, Westray’s 23-piece work personifies the characters and events of Quixote’s state of reality. Quixote, who was a delusional idealist in Cervantes’ novel and often got himself, his friend Sancho Panza and his quasi-mistress Dulcinea into a variety of mishaps, has often been looked to for classical and literary inspiration, but Westray’s work is believed to be the first done exclusively for a jazz setting.

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