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Manuel Barrueco Latin Grammy Nomination



by Gabriela Lena Frank

receives a Latin GRAMMY nomination!

TONARMUSIC is proud to announce the Latin GRAMMY nomination of “INCA DANCES” by Gabriela Lena Frank as the Best Classical Contemporary Composition. The work’s world-premiere recording is on the “SOUNDS OF THE AMERICAS” CD with Manuel Barrueco and Cuarteto Latinoamericano.

Says the composer about “Inca Dances:”

The two movements of this work each draw inspiration from the practice of remembering past kings (reyes) through song and dance during the time of the ancient Inca Empire. The first movement, Lamento del Panaca, is scored for solo guitar. Loosely drawing on Andean folkloric motifs, it is a melancholy yet emotional appeal from the deceased Inca king’s panaca, a sor t of death cult brought into existence upon his demise. Headed by the deceased king’s second son, the panaca was a complicated clan group that acted as the king’s voice of continued political and cultural authority.

The second movement, Danza del Mallqui-Rey, draws inspiration from the purucaya, a spirited event where the splendor of the dead Inca king and the long tale of his deeds were brilliantly recounted. During this ceremony, the actual mummy of the king (mallqui) was brought out for proud viewing, and it was imagined that he par ticipated in his own ritualized remembrance. As a result, this movement for the entire ensemble also loosely draws on Andean folkloric musical motifs and is a rhythmic, even aggressive, dance.

~Gabriela Lena Frank

“INCA DANCES” was commissioned by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.


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