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Mauricio Sotelo breaks new ground with Cuerpos robados (“Stolen Bodies”) for violin, declaimer and orchestra in three groups. The composer says it “sounds like Sotelo but without flamenco.” Both harmonically and formally, the work explores new land; the composer expects something unusual of the violinist, namely to sing and play simultaneously in the second cadenza.
“The rhythmic structure is very complex,” says Sotelo. “It is based on a Spanish dance-rhythm – the bulera, an ostinato. I composed this voice part as if I were writing for an Indian tabla.”