for orchestra, choir, and percussion quartet
À propos de l'œuvre
Yanga tells the story Gaspar Yanga, an African prince who was forcibly removed from his homeland in the 1500s, taken to Mexico, and forced into slavery. He led a revolt and founded the first independent settlement in the Americas, San Lorenzo de los Negros, thereby becoming the first Black ruler in the Americas.
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (crotales, cymbals, bass drum, maracas, claves, vibraphone, xylophone, snare drum, guiro, marimba], strings, mixed chorus, and percussion quartet (batas, ok6nkolo, it6teles, iya, djembe, rasp, guiro, wood boxes, shekere, jam block, crotales, caj6n, caxixi, drum set, claves, congas, bongos)
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Los Angeles Philharmonic
Premiere: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble performed the world premiere of Yanga under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel in October 2019 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the orchestra, and as a companion piece to Beethoven's 9th symphony.
Two Latin Grammy nominated Gabriela Ortiz is one of the foremost composers in Mexico today, and one of the most vibrant musicians emerging in the international scene. Her musical language achieves an extraordinary and expressive synthesis of tradition and the avant-garde; combining high art, folk music and jazz in novel, frequently refined and always personal ways. Her compositions are credited for being both entertaining and immediate as well as profound and sophisticated; she achieves a balance between highly organized structure and improvisatory spontaneity. Although based in Mexico, her music is commissioned and performed all over the world.