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Gabriela Ortiz

Gabriela Ortiz

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General Info

Year: 2012
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gabriela Ortiz
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Papaloapan – 9:15
2. Rhône


Full Score
Flute (doubling C Piccolo)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A two-movement work for chamber ensemble, Ríos (Rivers) was composed in 2012. Commissioned by Percussions Claviers de Lyon, the piece is scored for five percussionists, flute/piccolo, alto saxophone and cello. Ortiz dedicated Ríos to the memory of Salvador “El Negro” Ojeda, a legendary Mexican folk musician.

The first movement, entitled Papaloapan, is named after one of the main rivers of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Its name comes from the Nahuatl papaloapan meaning "river of the butterflies.” The movement contains slow evolutions of colors, contrasted by highly complex Rite of Spring-esque rhythmic passages. Ortiz masterfully weaves these two approaches and adds improvisation and folkloric quotes.

- Program Note from Kent Wind Ensemble concert program, 22 February 2018


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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