1. Ahuehuete (Montezuma Cypress) – 1:47
2. Ayacahuite (Mexican White Pine) – 4:15
3. Sahuaro (Cactus) – 3:57
4. Ceiba (Sacred tree of the Maya) – 3:10
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (I doubling B-flat Soprano Saxophone)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
None discovered thus far.
Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in traditional Mexican music. It has always captured my attention. I used to really get excited to hear a danzón or a son jarocho, and, fortunately, that interest has become a fundamental part of my artistic work. Most of my works contain a national, and often regional, root. As is well known, Mexican music has many branches, ranging from danzón to mariachi.
When Dr. Messier approached me, I was immediately overcome by the urge to compose a suite for symphonic band inspired by popular Mexican genres. Almost naturally, the themes for each movement began to appear, and in a short time I had developed them all. It was clear to me that each should be different. I did not want to repeat any genre. Music chooses the composer and takes its own course, and as expected, these movements were connecting with each other, one appearing in another as reminiscences of the past, as light brushstrokes, on occasions hidden and at times very exposed.
Little Mexican Suite for Winds is based on traditional Mexican musical genres that are very popular in my country, and is inspired by species of Mexican trees that have each touched my life in some way and are embedded in my memory.
Ahuehuete: The giant. Inspired by the most emblematic tree in Santa María del Tule, in Oaxaca. Full of colors, textures and vitality, it denotes fascination with the famous Árbol del Tule.
Mezquite: From a hot and dry climate, and needing help from no one, it silently awaits the rain. One lives in the courtyard of my house, and makes my days cooler and my nights more pleasant. It provides me with bird song and comforts me after a long day. So simple and noble that it gave me a “polka sonorense.”
Ayacahuite: The Mexican pine. Large and powerfully green, full of brown cones. It came to dance a soft waltz and to sing a son jaliciense.
Sahuaro: The cactus. Very tall and full of water, with thorns and of unparalleled green. A forest of sahuaros lies midway between my city and the nearby bay and, since I was little, they have captured my attention. Without any doubt, this movement had to be a “danzón,” my favorite genre of all time.
Cacalosúchil: With elongated, large, shiny green leaves. Its flowers can be white, yellow or pink, and its fruit is a large pod that sounds like a maraca. My parents planted one when I was little, and I grew up collecting flowers and percussion instruments thanks to this generous provider of shade and color. With a tenor saxophone soloist and percussion that reminded me of this tree’s pod, I developed an ode to the huapango.
Ceiba: From a tropical climate, with a wide and rough trunk and peculiar, well-defined leaves. It totally inspired me to create a delicious cha-cha-chá, which, with time, inevitably led me to the traditional mambo.
- Program Note by composer
Originally six movements, the work has been trimmed to four: Ahuehuete, Ayacahuite, Sahuaro, and Ceiba.
- Program Note from Wind Band Literature
- Audio: Reference recording. Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) Wind Ensemble (Brian E. Messier, conductor)
None discovered thus far.
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- Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) Symphonic Band (Sixto F. Montesinos, conductor) - 5 October 2023
- Smith College (Northampton, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Meghan MacFadden, conductor) - 4 May 2023
- Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Boston, Mass.) (Meghan MacFadden, conductor) - 5 March 2023
- Krimmel Intermediate (Spring, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Stetson Begin, conductor) - 21 December 2022 (2022 Midwest Clinic)
- University of North Florida (Jacksonville) Wind Symphony (Erin Bodnar, conductor) - 12 October 2022
- The Valley Winds (Pioneer Valley, Mass.) (Brian E.Messier, conductor) -25 June 2022
- Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) Wind Ensemble (Brian E. Messier, conductor) – Spring 2022 *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by this Composer