Mauricio Sotelo: Urrutiko urdin

Mauricio Sotelo Urrutiko urdin
Urrutiko urdin

Mauricio Sotelo: Urrutiko urdin

Year of composition:
2011
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Mauricio Sotelo
Instrumentation:
3 2 3 2 - 4 2 3 1 - Violino I, leggio 1, Violino II, leggio 1, timp, perc(3), hp, vln.I(2), vln.II(2), vla(2), vc(2), cb(2)
Instrumentation details:
piccolo
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st,3rd horn in F
2nd,4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone (+bass tbn)
contrabass tuba
timpani
1st percussion
2nd percussion
3rd percussion
harp
Violino I, leggio 1
1st violin I
2nd violin I
Violino II, leggio 1
1st violin II
2nd violin II
1st viola
2nd viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
1st double bass
2nd double bass
Commission:
Commissioned by EUSKADIKO ORKESTRA SINFONIKOA / ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DE EUSKADI
Duration:
7’
Dedication:
dedicado a la Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa
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Work introduction

Urrutiko urdin azul de lontananza or “Distant Blue” – is a vibrant sonic landscape and a frame for remembrance composed for and dedicated to the Orquestra Sinfónica de Euskadi. The Spanish name lontananza (borrowed from Italian) uses pictorial language to describe the zone farthest away from the foreground. Blue, the fifth colour of the solar spectrum, is also an adjective for the hue of cloudless sky and the sea; it also stands for space and distance.

Yet within the framework of my personal experience, “Distant Blue” refers to an intimate place in my thinking, one which cradles fragments of moving reminiscences of summers I spent in Euskadi (the Basque country) in my youth: “Distant Blue,” like the blurred horizon between the sea and the sky – cielo immense caído de los cielos (“immense sky which fell from the heavens”), as the poet Rafael Alberti wrote – or as Gerhard Richter painted it in his extraordinary Seascape (Sea-Sea) in 1970.

In our composition, a fine, azure or ocean-blue underground over the sonic spectrum of the note A gradually produces small ripples or waves, stirred by the breeze on the ocean surface, which very suddenly turn into a starry sky (Bar 43, four and three – symbols of the unity of earth and heaven). A spiral motion returns us for a few moments to a space of reminiscence, of things already experienced, now shimmering like a reverberation of memories – but the gateways to those memories are closed and sealed by the fortissimo of the short coda.

Mauricio Sotelo

World première

Location:
Vitória
Date:
25.01.2013
Orchestra:
Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi
Conductor:
Ari Rasilainen

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