Erbane

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Gustavo Díaz-Jerez

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Composer Gustavo Díaz-Jerez
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Erbane was the name given by the first settlers to the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, before its conquest in the XV century. According to the periodical Le Canarien, the Norman chronicle of the first European colonization of the Canarian Archipelago, the indigenous name attributed to the island meant something like “stone border”, in clear allusion to the main wall that divided its two socio-territorial demarcations. An idea that seems to abound a striking fact: the population of the northeastern side of Fuerteventura and the southern side of Lanzarote shared the demonym mahorata (mahor-at), which identified the “children of the country”, as if the rest were foreigners or, in this case, of a different tribal ascription.

Erbane employs orchestral textures with frequent use of extended techniques to obtain sound evocations of natural elements that characterize the island: the whisper of the wind, the noise of the sea waves, the sound of seabirds, etc. Rough orchestral serve as a sound metaphor of the meaning of the work’s title. As with other pieces in the cycle, the musical raw material is obtained from mathematical and algorithmic procedures. These procedures involve an elaborate process of adaptation to the musical idea and to the instrumental possibilities of each orchestral family.

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