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Nu Tal (Mi Tierra) - Full Score

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By Juan Carlos Guerra González

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Full Orchestra - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Juan Carlos Guerra González. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Post-Romantic. Score. 44 pages. Published by Juan Carlos Guerra Gonzalez (S0.229327).

Item Number: S0.229327

Nu Tal (Mi Tierra) or “My Land”, is one of my first orchestral works, commissioned by Dr. Irving Ramirez, associate conductor of the El Salvador’s Symphony Orchestra.

At the beginning, the idea was to set four small sketches of different “images” from my country. The 3rd movement was composed first, at that point I didn’t have a name for the work but after a talk with my mother in law, Aracely Sánchez; who is an expert in Salvadoran folklore, I decided to change the work’s name to “Nu Tal” (“My Land” in Nahuatl) and use some elements from our folklore. Then, I combined the idea I had from the images and the folk rhythms and tunes to create the whole work.

The first movement of the work contains actually two movements. The first part is an image of a plane going to El Salvador. While the plane comes out of the clouds a beautiful land is seen through the window until the plane lands safely at its destination. Immediately, the folk part of the movement (movement II) begins with the “invocation” performed by the shell to the four cardinal points and then an autochthonous sound is presented welcoming our guests to this magical land, and the theme develops until the end of the movement.

The third part was the first composed and it is an “image” including various ideas that represents a vision of El Salvador from different perspectives and the complexity of the different generations that are currently creating El Salvador’s demographic landscape.

The fourth movement is an amalgamate of folkloric ideas and images. The beginning is the call from a church by the bells, then the brass presents the main theme of the movement, which is based on the Gregorian chant “Salve Regina” that I deconstructed using different rhythmic meters. Then a traditional rhythm is developed for the final section of the work.

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