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Mauricio Sotelo: Night

  • for percussion and ensemble
  • 1 1 2 0 - 0 1 1 0 - perc(2), vln(2), vla, vc, cb
  • Duration: 25’
  • Soloists:
    percussion
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute (+picc
    bass fl)
    oboe
    clarinet in Bb
    bass clarinet in Bb
    trumpet in C
    trombone
    percussion(2)
    1st violin
    2nd violin
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Mauricio Sotelo
  • Commission: Commissioned by Casa da Música, Porto for REMIX ensemble

Work introduction

The initial stimulus for Night was an engraving by Sean Scully, which Mauricio Sotelo received from the artist’s New York studio after dedicating the première of Wall of Light Black to him. Night begins with a vibrating, very rapid and rhythmically shadowy texture. It approaches and recedes again like a nocturnal image. The whole ensemble becomes a refined percussion apparatus, imitating the special playing techniques of the percussionist Miguel Bernat, who plays with specially prepared beaters. In addition a kind of sound cascade, always getting louder, gradually develops in the solo part: like a frenzy of very fast rhythmic movements, which recall the rhythmic precision of a flamenco dancer’s extremely rapid stamping. (Mauricio Sotelo)

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Casa da Música, Porto (PT)
Date:
16.06.2007
Orchestra:
Remix Ensemble
Conductor:
Emilio Pomàrico
Main soloists:
Miguel Bernat, perc.

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