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Estampas Mexicanas

I.                           I.  Ferial (Parade)

II.                         II. Danza del Pájaro Sagrado (Dance of the sacred bird)

          III.Teotlalli (Land of Gods)

 

Duration: 10 minutes total (each movement is approximately 3 minutes long)

The first and third movements can be performed independently

 

Estampas Mexicanas (Mexican Vignettes) is a suite for orchestra featuring Mexican folk elements. The composer was inspired by the rhythmic vitality of the music of Carlos Chávez, the ritualistic mysticism of the works of Silvestre Revueltas, and the lyrical melodies of Manuel M. Ponce.

 

·        Ferial is a festive parade of simple, colorful, folk-like tunes and rhythms. The opening of this movement pays homage to composer Carlos Chávez, paraphrasing the opening measures of his "Sinfonía India". But in contrast to Chávez’ work, Elizondo uses this rhythmic material in a lighter manner to propel his festive melodies and create a festive tapestry of sounds.

·        Danza del Pájaro Sagrado The second movement is an imagined Aztec ritual invocation of the sacred bird. The orchestration is sparse and symbolic. The heartbeat of the volcano is heard in the bass drum. The ritual dance steps of the priest are evoked by the rhythm of the congas. The layered musical in the strings creates a musical step-pyramid that the piccolo melody climbs to invoke the sacred bird.

·        Teotlalli includes a celebratory statement of this movement’s main theme in a symphonic version of the mariachi band.

 

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Orchestra

 

(strings, 1 piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets,

1 bassoon, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 horns, 3 percussion)

score & parts (all 3 movements)

audio - movement #1

video - movement #1

audio - movement #2

video - movement #2

audio - movement #3

video - movement #3

 

Strings Orchestra

+ Flute Solo

score & parts - movement #1

audio - movement #1

video - movement #1

score & parts - movement #3

audio - movement #3

video - movement #3

 

String Orchestra

score & parts - movement #1

score & parts - movement #3

 

String Quartet

score & parts - movement #1

 

score & parts - movement #3