Gabriela Ortiz

Puzzle-Tocas

for wind quintet

About the work

"The main challenge when writing Puzzle-Tocas was on how to develop a coherent musical discourse departing from the use of themes that I had already used in some of my previous, much more heterogenic and constrasting, works.

This is the reason why this piece means in a way a sort of musical self-reference. In other words, its construction obeys an imaginary game of introspective puzzle in which, through mixing, overlapping and constant transformation of fragments from my previous works, I create a heterogenic musical discourse whose element of contrast plays a crucial role in the piece´s structural development. As a secondary aim I try to find the common unifying element in all the different pieces of my puzzle.

I would say that Puzzle-Tocas gains a sort of angular shape due to the constant use of extreme dynamics. In this way its deliberate use defines the dramatic sense unifying, in one way or another, the diverse materials. On the other hand, its constant repetition, always surprising and alternated, serves as unifying guides for the listener."
- Gabriela Oritz

SPECS

Duration:

11'

Movements:

Instrumentation:

wind quintet: flute/piccolo, clarinet in B-flat, oboe, bassoon, french horn

Tech:

BACKGROUND

Date of composition:

2000

Commissionner:

Mexico City Wind Quintet with a grant from US-Mexico Fund for Culture

Performances:

Premiere: October, 1999; Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, University of Cincinnati

ABOUT THE COMPOSER

Two Latin Grammy nominated Gabriela Ortiz is one of the foremost composers in Mexico today, and one of the most vibrant musicians emerging in the international scene. Her musical language achieves an extraordinary and expressive synthesis of tradition and the avant-garde; combining high art, folk music and jazz in novel, frequently refined and always personal ways. Her compositions are credited for being both entertaining and immediate as well as profound and sophisticated; she achieves a balance between highly organized structure and improvisatory spontaneity. Although based in Mexico, her music is commissioned and performed all over the world.

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