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Sylvia Constantinidis

"Macondo Poems"

I like to think of my music as inspired by Latino-American nationalistic material. Macondo is the name of the town on Gabriel Garcia Marquez' "100 Years of Solitude". This is a town in the middle of the jungle, where people never saw the ocean. "The Macondo Poems" is a piece composed of short musical sections evoking different scenes of the life in Macondo. The recurrent 'Maestoso' homophonic in texture, with delicate syncopations in the inner voices, evokes the grandiosity of the universe.
My inspiration for this piece comes from childhood memories. In the weekends, we will go to our farm. At night, we will escape to the roof of the house and lay there quietly until sunrise just looking at the sky and feeling the grandiosity of the night.... in the darkness of the jungle.

In this piece, I tried to create the thickness and exuberance of the jungle by creating contrapuntal layers, like a thick fabric, where colorful spots jump to the eyes. the work ends with a 'turbato', a short movement that contains the intense feeling of going in a canoe through the rapids of a jungle river and ending in an unexpected waterfall.

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