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Gabriela Lena Frank

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Escaramuza (2010)
G Schirmer Inc
Year Composed
9 Minutes
Programme Note
Gabriela Lena Frank Escaramuza (2010)

Composer note:
Escaramuza, which signifies "skirmish" in the Spanish language, is inspired by the kachampa music of Andean Perú. Celebrating the pre-Hispanic Inca warrior, the kachampa dance is executed by athletic men who convey a triumphant, even joyful, spirit. Inspired by the kachampa dances done with fast-snapping ropes that I've witnessed in Perú, especially in Paucartambo during the Virgen de la Carmen festival, I've created a brightly chiseled romp in an asymmetrical 7/8 rhythm that is launched after an extended bass drum solo. Through most of Escaramuza, no section of the ensemble is allowed to rest for long, maintaining the high energy typical of kachampas.

— Gabriela Lena Frank

  • 21 MAY 2016
    Houston, TX
    Houston Symphony
    Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
  • 02 JUL 2015
    Filármonica Joven de Colombia

    Other Dates:
    3-5,8,9 July - Colombia
  • 11 SEP 2010
    Escaramuza (FKA: New Concert Opener for Orchestra ONLY)
    Huntsville, AL
    Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
    Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

The 2010 Escaramuza is a six-minute explosion of sound and fury: pounding drums and angular, shifting rhythms.
Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News,7/9/2015
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