Subtitle: Tune of Atonement to Honor Venezuelan Refugees for Wind Symphony
Duration: c. 8:40
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental | Score Only (print) - $95.95
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III, including:
- Bass Drum
- China Cymbals
- Crash Cymbals
- Floor Tom
- Snare Drum
- Splash Cymbal
- Suspended Cymbal
- Tubular Bells
- Wood Block (small)
None discovered thus far.
About Caminantes, the composer writes:
These are the facts: About 1.9 million Venezuelans have fled their collapsing nation since 2015 in one of the largest migrations in the world in recent years. The most desperate cannot afford a bus or plane ticket, and so they risk their lives to escape on foot. On average, at the peak of this unprecedented exodus, more than 650 migrants would start on the walk out of Venezuela every day. This crisis is still ongoing. Venezuelans are still rushing illegally across the border into Colombia, frequently encountering armed criminals. They are walking for miles along roads, carrying their belongings. They wrap themselves in blankets, bracing against the cold of frigid mountains.
Latin America’s largest migration in recent years is driven by hyperinflation, violence, and food and medicine shortages stemming from recent years of political turmoil. Once-eradicated diseases like cholera and malaria have returned, and children increasingly are dying of causes related to hunger and malnutrition. An estimated more than 1.1 million people have settled in Colombia, nearly 506,000 in Peru, 288,000 in Chile, 221,000 in Ecuador, 130,000 in Argentina, and 96,000 in Brazil. About 300,000 Venezuelans are in the United States and more than 255,000 in Spain, according to the U.N. International Organization on Migration.
Caminantes -- in English, hikers or walkers -- explores the different emotional stages undergone by any one of the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who decide to walk to the border between Venezuela and Colombia and continue hiking in the hope of finding a hospitable place that offers basic human rights and opportunities. As a Venezuelan emigrant myself, fortunate to have been welcomed into the United States almost 40 years ago, I empathize deeply with each of those Venezuelans seeking the future they lost all hope of having in their country. Under very different circumstances, I have gone through similar emotions: the hunch that it is time to leave; the feeling of hope challenged by great uncertainty; immense longing for those who remain in Venezuela; acceptance; and the recurring dream of one day being able to return.
I am deeply moved by the support and empathy expressed by every conductor who joined this consortium commission. I am indebted to each one of them, most especially to Thomas Verrier, whose understanding and passion towards all-things Venezuelan made the composition and premiere of Caminantes possible.
- Program Note from Indiana University Symphonic Band concert program, 5 October 2021
Commissioned by the wind ensembles at Vanderbilt University, Thomas Verrier, director, along with 31 other co-commissioners assisted by the College Band Directors National Association.
- Program Note from publisher
- Audio: University of North Carolina Charlotte Wind Ensemble (Shawn Smith, conductor)
- Audio flash drive: University of North Carolina Charlotte Wind Ensemble (Shawn Smith, conductor) – 2020
None discovered thus far.
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- Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Anthony C. Marinello, conductor) - 18 February 2023
- Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) - 1 December 2022
- Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Mast, conductor) – 16 April 2022
- University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Melissa Sawyer, conductor) - 5 October 2021
- Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) - 5 October 2021
- The Hartt School Omni-Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (Glen Adsit, conductor) - 23 April 2021
- University of North Carolina Charlotte Wind Ensemble (Shawn Smith, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
- Michigan State University (East Lansing) Symphony Band (David Thornton, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
- Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Winchester, Va.) (Timothy J. Robblee, conductor) – 9 November 2019
- Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.) Wind Symphony (Thomas Verrier, conductor) – 3 November 2019 *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Caminantes (2019)
- El Muro (2008)
- Found Connections (2023)
- King Mangoberry (2018)
- Pataruco (1999/2019)
- Lorenz, R. (2019). Caminantes: Tune of Atonement to Honor Venezuelan Refugees for Wind Symphony [score]. Ricardo Lorenz: [s.l.].
- Ricardo Lorenz, personal correspondence, October 2021
- Ricardo Lorenz website Accessed 4 November 2019