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Raquispürún
2010

For clarinet, piano and string quartet.

Commissioned by the German ensemble "Maris-Ensemble".

Premiered in Saarbrücken, Germany in September 2010.

The conception of the sextet is inspired in elements of the ritualistic dance of the Mapuche people, natives of southern Chile. As for us here in Europe, dance is for them a ritual, in which repetition plays an important role. "Pürún" means "dance" in Mapudungun, the language of the Mapuche people, while "raquis" comes from the Greek ῥάχις and it refers to the concept of "spine" or "backbone". This unusual "backbone dance" occurs in the sound context of a symmetric harmony with a character rich in contrasts, sometimes quite aggressive and sometimes extremely gentle.


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