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Silvestre Revueltas

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Sensemayá (for orchestra) (1938)
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Orchestra
Year Composed
1938
Duration
7 Minutes


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Silvestre Revueltas Sensemayá (for orchestra) (1938)
Silvestre Revueltas' Sensemayá was written in 1937 for chamber ensemble; one year later, the composer transcribed it for full orchestra. The rhythms are laid out precisely and have considerable visceral impact, very much in a manner that recalls Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. However, Revueltas' masterful orchestration, and ability to evoke the ancient Maya civilization with decidedly modern music are uniquely his own. It is a unique orchestral spectacle, something only Revueltas could have written, and in its way it is one of the most brutal works of its time.

The work begins with a low note in the bassoon as the percussion plays the sinuous, syncopated rhythm that drives the work. Soon a solo horn enters playing the first of this work's two major themes, a muscular, ominous motif. Other horns join the first one to play the theme, growing louder and more emphatic, but rigorously yoked to the underlying rhythm. Eventually the horns blast as loudly as they can, with obsessive trills on the bassoon far underneath, and the violins enter with the slashing second theme. The horns take up this new theme and bring it to a climax, after which the music returns to its opening texture. This recapitulation brings with it a mood of foreboding. The rhythm becomes even more obsessive, and finally the music reaches a massive climax during which both themes are played, overlapping, sometimes in part and sometimes in whole, by woodwinds, brass and violins in what sounds like a musical riot. The coda feels like the final dropping of a knife.



Performances
Date
Title
  • 06 MAR 2018
    West Virginia Cultural Center, Charleston, WV
    West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

    Other Dates:
    7 March - Blennerhasset school, Parkersburg, WV
  • 16 FEB 2018
    Dell Hall at the Long Center for Performing Arts, Austin, TX
    Ballet Austin
    Peter Bay, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17,25 February - Dell Hall at the Long Center for Performing Arts, Austin, TX
  • 13 JAN 2018
    The Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD
    South Dakota Symphony
    Delta David Gier, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14 January - The Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 18 NOV 2017
    Middlelton Performing Arts Center, Madison, WI
    Wisconsin Youth Symphony
    Randall Swiggum, conductor
  • 13 NOV 2017
    Magale Recital Hall, Natchitoches, LA
    Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony
    Douglas Bakenhus, conductor
  • 04 NOV 2017
    Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco Symphony
    Alondra De La Parra, conductor
  • 29 OCT 2017
    Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
    University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra
  • 05 OCT 2017
    Teatro Cervantes, Málaga
    Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga
    Alejandro Posada, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6 October - Teatro Cervantes, Málaga
  • 24 SEP 2017
    Sheely Center for the Performing Arts, Northbrook, IL
    Oberlin Orchestra
    Raphael Jimenez, conductor
  • 15 SEP 2017
    Finney Chapel, Oberlin College, OH
    Oberlin College
    Raphael Jimenez, conductor

    Other Dates:
    23 September - Finney Chapel, Oberlin College, OH
  • 20 JUL 2017
    New Hampshire Music Festival
    Silver Cultural Arts Center, Plymouth, NH
    Paul Polivnick, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 July - Silver Cultural Arts Center, Plymouth, NH
  • 20 JUL 2017
    New Hampshire Music Festival
    Silver Cultural Arts Center, Plymouth, NH
    Paul Polivnick, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 July - Silver Cultural Arts Center, Plymouth, NH
  • 07 JUL 2017
    Eastern Music Festival
    Dana Auditorium at Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
    Eastern Music Festival Young Artist Orchestra
    Jose-Luis Novo, conductor
  • 02 JUL 2017
    The Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke, UK
    Hampshire County Youth Orchestra
    Carl Clausen, conductor
  • 01 JUL 2017
    Rheingau Musik Festival
    Geisenheim, Germany
    Colombian Youth Philharmonic
    Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
  • 16 JUN 2017
    Uihlein Hall, Milwaukee , WI
    Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
    Yaniv Dinur, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 June - Uihlein Hall, Milwaukee , WI
  • 10 JUN 2017
    Victoria Bach Festival
    Victoria Fine Arts Center, Victoria, TX
    Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra
    Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, conductor
  • 04 JUN 2017
    Berlin, Germany
    Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    Yutaka Sado, conductor
  • 03 FEB 2017
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
    Gustavo Gimeno, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4 February - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 02 FEB 2017
    Houston, TX
    Houston Symphony
    Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor

    Other Dates:
    3 February - Houston, TX
  • 27 JAN 2017
    New York, NY
    The Juilliard School
    Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
  • 09 JAN 2017
    Genf, Switzerland
    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Alejandro de la Para, conductor
  • 19 DEC 2016
    Auditorio Lienzo Norte, Ávila
    Orquesta del Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Salamanca
    Javier Castro, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20 December - C.A.E.M., Salamanca
  • 08 DEC 2016
    Mount Pleasant, MI
    Central Michigan University Symphony Orchestra
    Jose-Luis Maurtua, conductor
  • 11 NOV 2016
    South Korea
    Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
    Manuel López-Gómez, conductor
  • 16 JUN 2016
    Dessau, Germany
    Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau
    Daniel Carlberg, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 June - Dessau, Germany
  • 20 MAY 2016
    Palau de la Música, Valencia
  • 07 MAY 2016
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra
    Scott Sandmeier, conductor

    Other Dates:
    8 May - San Francisco, CA
  • 13 MAR 2016
    Frida Kahlo - Choreography by Dominique Dumais
    Mannheim, Germany
    Ensemble des Nationaltheaters Mannheim
    Joseph Trafton, conductor

    Other Dates:
    19 March; 10 April; 27 May; 25 June - Mannheim, Germany
  • 13 MAR 2016
    Luzern, Switzerland
    Luzerner Sinfonieorchester
    Peter Moore; Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

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