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Golpe de Chipola

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Carlos Guzmán-Muñoz

Carlos Guzmán-Muñoz

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General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 5:00
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Publisher: Manuscript


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Program Notes

The golpe is a type of dance classified under the Joropo tradition of the Columbian-Venezuelan plains. The trademark of this Joropo style is a polymetric pulse of 3/4 and 6/8. This interlocking rhythmic duality is the clave, or key, of the music, and includes various accents; the upper accents fall on the third and sixth eighth notes of 6/8, and the lower accents on beats one and three of 3/4 time. Joropo Llanero, from the plains, has two substyles: pasaje and golpe. Pasajes tend to be more romantic and lyrical, while the golpe is characterized by fast tempos, a percussive texture, improvisation, and aggression in character. There are dozens of categorizations of golpe dances.

Golpe di Chipola is a composition for symphonic band based on the chipola style of Joropo music. Following the axial system of Béla Bartók, it begins in the Dorian mode and flows along that Doric sound with the help of a high-pitched ostinato in the upper woodwinds. I have found, throughout my work, that traditional music includes many small variations, and these transformations generate movement and evolution. These changes and transformations have become the spirit of traditional music from Latin America. This work demonstrates all of these styles, and is dedicated to my great friend, Thomas E. Verrier, an avid lover of Joropo, and the outstanding musicians of the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony.

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