Obsidian Mirror (Torre, Salvador)




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Performers NOMAD Ensemble, Japan, 2001
Publisher Info. Salvador Torré
Misc. Notes Obsidian Mirror for 7 instruments AND LIVE ELECTRONICS
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Misc. Notes There is another version with live electronics
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Work Title Espejo de obsidiana para 7 instrumentos
Alternative. Title Obsidian Mirror for 7 instruments
Composer Torre, Salvador
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's one
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1997
First Performance. 2001-10-02 in Yokohama, Japan
Dedication dedicated to the Mayan Civilization
Average DurationAvg. Duration 9 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, harp

Misc. Comments

OBSIDIAN MIRROR.: Black Stone, nocturnal, reflective smoky mirror where priests and maidens were reflected, ancient people faces and traces that were left in this black stone in the memory and history of Celestial City of Tamoanchán.

It is here a Mesoamerican calendar folded on itself (130 x 2 = 260 x 2 = 520) within which all symmetries are perfectly groomed to create mirrors. Mirrors in space (height), in time, in the form, in the orchestration and arrangement breaks. The latter serve to frame the sections of the piece as many faces reflected on the mirror reflected in time.

Symbolically, we attended very succinctly the great Mayan cycle of 5200 years, 13 "Baktun" of 400 years. For example, this factor is musically represented in the introduction of frequency modulation in the central part of the piece, the historical peak of Maya (631-683 AD) to finally disappear in the cosmic mirror of the night in the mirror time. This work is dedicated to the Mayan people.