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Sin Fonteras

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Clarice Assad

Clarice Assad (trans. Ogechi Ukazu)

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The title translates from the Spanish as "without borders."

General Info

Year: 2017 / 2023
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Sin Fronteras emerged from a utopian state of mind in which I found myself one day, daring to erase imaginary lines that disconnect us geographically, culturally, and morally: boundaries that the human race has willingly subscribed to for thousands of years. But what would happen if the walls that separate us from getting to know one another were not there? While this idea would generate a fair amount of confusion in the real world, in the realm of music of the 21st century, this does not need to be so!

As a South American woman living in the United States for two decades, I chose sounds of places that felt closest to home: The Americas. In Sin Fronteras, we journey from the bottom of South America, traveling up both coasts and navigating to the Northern Hemisphere via Central America. The piece follows no storyline, but its central concept begins with a shocking reaction between two or more distinct cultures coming into contact for the first time. After the initial resistance, everyone collectively begins aggregating each other’s ethnic fragments into their culture spheres to create something new – while still preserving their original roots.

The piece accomplishes this amalgamation effect by taking advantage of an old-time favorite musical form: theme & variation. Though it may not fit precisely into the cookie cutter format of this old tradition, there are several moments in the piece where familiar sounds, melodies, and motifs come and go, grounding the listener for a moment before morphing into something new. I am deeply grateful to have been trusted to write this piece for the [Chicago] Sinfonietta and genuinely excited to work with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater company, which created a choreography, especially for this piece.

- Program Note by composer


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  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Ogechi Ukazu, conductor) – 26 February 2023 *Premiere Wind Ensemble Performance*

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