"La Graciela"

"La Graciela"

Calixto Raúl Araújo Monroy (Colombia)

The title refers to a herd called "La Graciela", between the towns of Aguazul and Maní in the Department of Casanare, an area to which we travel to learn about history and music. The initial sound reference is the recording of birds and insects in the part of the mountains at sunrise and sunset.

You can hear the songs of alcaravans, parrots, unidentified birds and insects such as cicadas. At first, we worked with the randomness of these sounds with an improvisation on the cuatro, a chordophone representative of the area, and synthesizer sounds that are assembled to the sonorous cushion of the landscape of the area.

Subsequently, it is assembled on the rhythm-harmonic basis of the Tonada Llanera interpreted in the "cuatro", on the tonality of A minor, which is conjugated with a group of metals: initially the horns in a harmonic way, the tuba in a repetitive song of the bass and a trumpet that on the notes Mi-Fa simulates a lament. A melody is insinuated on the saxophones, on top of which is superimposed a mixed chorus played on the Mysteria instrument by Native Instruments, with which we express the pain of the massacres that occurred in the area.

Immediately the tune fades to make way for the «Quitapesares» in the same key, with an instrumentation based on the rhythm-harmonic of the cuatro as a cohesive element, on the melodic flute and later on the bassoon, on the harmony of the violins is spicatto and the violas in legato, to which the horns answer in part B.

The theme is repeated on xylophone and marimba with percussion and trombones.