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Estampas Mexicanas / Mexican Vignettes

I.                 I.  Ferial (Parade)

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

          III.Teotlalli (Land of Gods)

·        Length: 10 minutes total for all 3 movements (each movement approximately 3 mins)

·        Mood: festive, joyful, Mexican, energetic, rhythmic

·        Movements: Suite in 3 movements. The first and third movements can be performed independently.

·        Description: Estampas Mexicanas is a suite 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.

o   1. 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 a set of simple tuneful melodies, and to create a festive tapestry of sounds.

o   2. Danza del Pájaro Sagrado is an imagined Aztec ritual invocation of the sacred bird. The orchestration is sparse and symbolic.

o   3. Teotlalli includes a celebratory statement of this movement’s main theme in a symphonic version of the mariachi band. The mood for this movement is energetic and full of life.

·        Premiere: The first performance of this piece was on December 9th, 1995 with the MIT Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Epstein (reading conducted by Alan Pierson). The professional premiere of this piece was on July 6th, 1996 with the San Jose Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonid Grin.

VERSION

SCORE AND PARTS

SAMPLE AUDIO

YOUTUBE VIDEO

Orchestra – ORIGINAL VERSION

 

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

1 bassoon, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 horns, 1 timpani, 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

 

Orchestra – SILVER ANNIVERSARY VERSION

 

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

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

*Optional parts for marimba and piano for this version are available separately

score & parts (all 3 movements)

 

 

 

String Orchestra + Flute soloist

score & parts (movements #1 & #3)

audio - movement #1

video - movement #1

audio - movement #3

video - movement #3

 

String Orchestra + Percussion

score & parts (all 3 movements)

 

 

 

String Orchestra

score & parts (all 3 movements)

audio - movement #1

 

 

 

String Orchestra + Piano

score & parts - movement #1

 

 

 

Chamber Ensemble

(strings, piano, 1 clarinet in Bb, 1 trumpet, 1 “optional” percussionist)

*Strings can be a string orchestra or a string quintet

score & parts (movements #1 & #3)

 

 

 

String Quartet

score & parts (all 3 movements)

audio - movement #1

video (movements #1 & #3)

audio - movement #3

 

String Quintet

score & parts (all 3 movements)

audio - movement #1

video (all 3 movements)

audio - movement #2

audio - movement #3

 

Cello + Viola + Violin + Flute

score & parts (movement #1)