NEW TRACKS@FBAS 2018 – Selection

Norman Gómez Ballester

“Canti dell’andata e del ritorno”

In the way that the title suggests, my desire with this work was to refer to that musical exchange that resulted from the travels between Europe and America in the centuries after the arrival of Columbus, and the transformations derived from this constant journey and return. The Folía from Spain, as the germ of this composition, is surrounded by three popular songs from the plains of Venezuela (the milking tune, the San Rafael joropo and the Periquera), emulating with its final assembly one of the main forms of baroque, the aria da capo. In the same way, reminiscent of that primitive tonality of the first decades of the seventeenth century, still mixed with the modal system of Renaissance music, in this work there coexist momentarily several centric diatonic and chromatic languages, which try to evoke this new sound world, not entirely strange, not entirely known, that was born with the baroque. Fortunately, the conformation of the assembly for which the work is dedicated, allowed me to leave certain elements, not few in fact, at the absolute discretion of the performers, so the percussion and the guitar will do in a certain sense the times of continuous. When encountering the Folía, it was obvious that the use of it was not going to be, neither in the distance, a novel position nor absolutely original, because of the large number of references that can be found in this respect, however the simplicity of its approach and its development in the form of variations seemed to me a sincere and direct way of representing the idea of renewal and tradition. Perhaps, as a cause of the configuration of the current world, the composition called “academic” has managed to enter a phase where all the accumulated knowledge, the different positions, techniques and languages find the way to coexist and relate, without being threatened among they, as well as the songs that came and went, that were transformed and nourished one another, thus, the aesthetic possibilities of today seem to be fed by the great exchange of information and by our renewed vision of the past and the tradition.