Anasazi Op. 35

Artur's_first_choice_anasazi_image2-2Anasazi is a name used to describe an ancient Native American people who disappeared long before the Europeans arrived in America. Although the name “Ancient Puebloans” is now prefered to describe this culture, I have chosen to use Anasazi because of its brevity and recognizability. The music was composed for a ballet dance which describes the last Anasazi rite. There are 6 parts: The Rite at Mesa Verde, the Star Kachina (God of cataclysms), Tlaloc (God of everything’s growth), Centipedes (creatures from the underground), Kachinas (Spirit beings between life and death), Kokopelli (fertility deity).

After an initial Anasazi reunion begins the ceremony where they invoke their pantheon in the Mesa Verde site just before their last breath, which happens in the end of Kachinas’s “Taalawsohu’s Dance.” The Dance marks the Anasazi’s life transition to the fifth world (the Taalawsohu). In the end there are no living Anasazi anymore, but Kokopelli appears from afar (like in their old paintings) playing his flute and keeping the mystery around the possible Anasazi offspring.

The music is completely composed on a theme of 4 notes (representing the “Four Corners”) and one variant, both of which are shown simultaneously at the beginning of the piece. Every musical measure is related to these notes all the time in at least one of the basic forms (normal, inverted, retrograde, inverted and retrograde, augmented or diminished).

– Artur Cimirro

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