AZTLAN

for oboe and harp. 1978. Commissioned by Nora Post. 22 minutes. No longer available for performance.
 


Aztlan is the Aztec name for their ancestral place of origin located according to an old legend somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. This corresponds both linguistically and geographically to Atlantis as described in Plato's works Critias and Timaeus. The whole work unfolds both rhythmically and pitch-wise out of a single note and its higher partials, and into a series of diverse images, which at the formal level evoke this legend in a quasi-programmatic way.
 


Premiere performance: May 3, 1979 by Nora Post, oboe and Mario Falcao, harp. Baird Hall, SUNY at Buffalo.


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