Música Muisca for Chamber Orchestra

(2011)

Commissioned by the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, Jeffery Meyer, conductor

Música Muisca for chamber orchestra has a strong connection to the city where I was born, Bogotá, and takes its name from the Muisca culture.  Before the arrival of the Spaniards around 1537, the Muisca people inhabited a region on the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes, the current provinces of Cundinamarca and Boyacá. According to chronicles from the XVII century, this is also the region where “The legend of El Dorado” originally took place.

Música Muisca tries to evoke the stunning but also cold and foggy mountainous landscapes from this region.

Orchestration: [2-2-2-2][2-2-0-0][timp][perc][strings]

Duration: 6 min.

This recording: Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor