poema sinfónico para marimba y orquesta
Originally written for marimba and orchestra, this composition highlights various Andean rhythms and melds them into a symphonic poem that narrates the story of indigenous identity. It comprises three movements:
I) AMANECER ANDINO - Andean Dawn
II) RECUERDO Y DANZA DEL INDIO - Memory and Indigenous Dance
III) IDENTIDAD - Identity
From the very first note, the marimba immerses the listener in a magical atmosphere, replete with possibilities so vast in its structure and timbres that, with each performance, they discover a different world.
This composition explores new techniques and resources in marimba interpretation, utilizing four mallets that showcase the soloist's virtuosity.
Traditional Ecuadorian rhythms such as the Inca Fox, Danzante, and Yumbo are incorporated into this symphonic poem.
DETAILS OF THE WORK
Marimba 5 octaves (C2-C7)
Adaptation for marimba 4.3 octaves (A2-C7)
Marimba & Orchestra
Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 B-flat clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 B-flat trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (glockenspiel, chimes, piatti, susp. cymbal, tam-tam, snare drum, gran cassa, andean bass drum, chagchas and triangle) harp and string orchestra
Piano reduction - marimba & piano
Marimba & Percussion Ensemble
Glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, chimes, marimba, contrabass, timpani(5), percussion1 (crash cymbal, china cymbal, snare drum, tam-tam) percussion2 (chajchas, andean bass drum) percussion3 (gran cassa, triangle).
In the Andean dawn, there is a depiction of the pre-Columbian Andes, where the sun subtly emerges on the horizon with its faint rays symbolizing the birth and splendor of indigenous culture, which is shrouded by clouds foretelling its painful destiny. Then, there's the collision of two different worlds, ours and the other, which disrupts our worldview. The outcome of this collision is the erosion of much of the indigenous identity. The native mourns their uncertain fate, reminiscing about the days when they were free, tilling the land and reaping its bounty while venerating the sun and the moon.
In our globalized culture, we often lose elements that are inherently ours; sometimes, even our emotions can feel foreign to our world. This is a call to our identity, a plea for courage and unity, and above all, it's an entreaty to believe in ourselves, as a bond that makes us so unique and extraordinary. For me, there's only one way to express this: through music, the universal language that cannot be spoken but only felt.
"Raíces" for marimba & orchestra is dedicated to Marco, Ligia, and Israel - my family.
The version for marimba & percussion ensemble is inspired by and dedicated to Ney Rosauro.