Escenas de los Aztecas

From Wind Repertory Project
James Barnes

James Barnes

This work bears the designation Opus 141.

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: HAFABRA Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $160.00   |   Score Only - $36.00

Movements (played without pause)

1. Jaguar Dance
2. Cantares (Ghost Songs)
3. Human Sacrifice


Full Score
C Piccolo (doubles Ocarina (optional C Piccolo or Recorder))
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II doubles English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa (large, or metal shaker)
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Egg Shakers (or Maracas)
  • Glockenspiel (extended range required (high D))
  • Gong (small)
  • Guiro (large)
  • Log Drums (3, or Tom-toms)
  • Marimba (5.0 octaves (optional 4.3))
  • Mark Tree (metal)
  • Rain Stick
  • Rattle Stick
  • Sistrum
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum (Piccolo)
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbals (2, medium or large)
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-toms (low, 3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibraslap (or Jawbone)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Using a large percussion section (with many world instruments), the music is cast in several sections. The opening Jaguar Dance is based on driving and powerful rhythms before the evocative and mysterious Ghost Dance. This leads into Human Sacrifice, an emboldened 7/8 dance that approaches moments of chaos that lead to a powerful and dark ending.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Barnes, J. (2012). Escenas de los Aztecas = Scenes of the Aztecs : op. 141 [score]. HAFABRA Music: [Fourons, Belgique]