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Program Note

Gabriela Ortiz

Puzzle-Tocas

wind quintet: flute/piccolo, clarinet in B-flat, oboe, bassoon, french horn (2000)
Duration11'
CommissionMexico City Wind Quintet with a grant from US-Mexico Fund for Culture
PremiereOctober, 1999; Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, University of Cincinnati
PublisherPSNY

Program Note

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.

This work was commissioned by the Mexico city wind quintet with the support of the Mexico – USA cultural found.

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