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Daniel Catán

Publisher: AMP

En un Doblez del Tiempo (A Fold in Time) (1982)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
ed. by Eduardo Diazmuñoz
12 Minutes
Programme Note
Daniel Catán En un Doblez del Tiempo (A Fold in Time) (1982)
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I remember setting aside the summer of 1982 to work on a new orchestral piece. And when the summer in fact arrived, I started to work on it. It is always hard to start a new piece and this was no exception. Slowly and painfully the work began to take shape.

One day, however, in one of those mysterious moments where the composer becomes a mere instrument, a vehicle through which music comes into being, I wrote a whole page that came to me very quickly. But, as so often happens in life, it came with a double message. On the one hand there was something about the passage that attracted me enormously. On the other, it was clear that it did not belong in the piece I was writing. It was like coming across a wonderful find and at the same time being aware that it was not what I was looking for. Furthermore, the passage did not only present itself very forcefully as part of another piece, but very insistently as its ending.

Confused by these contradicting emotions, I resolved to let the matter rest for a few days. However, it was not long before I realized that the passage had come to stay, it just needed the music that led to it, to that ending.

So I began to write that music, and it came to me with surprising ease and fluidity. Its sound was that of a powerful stream running dangerously across an unusual and unexpected landscape, until it finally comes to rest in a transparent pool of crystal clearness. That is how A Fold in Time came to being. And in regards to the piece I had planned to write that summer, apparently crawled back into the inkwell, where it has remained ever since.

--Daniel Catán

  • 26 JUN 2010
    Mexico City, CUAUHTEMOC, Mexico
    Orquesta Filarmónica de la Cuidad de México
    Andrew Constantine, conductor

    Other Dates:
    27 June - Mexico City, CUAUHTEMOC, Mexico

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