Azaenegue

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Gustavo Díaz-Jerez

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Composer Gustavo Díaz-Jerez
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Azaenegue was the original aboriginal name of the Altavista Mountain, as it is known today, located in the island of Gran Canaria. It owes its name to its height (literally meaning “high view”) and to the spectacular landscape that can be seen from it. According to the philologist and historian Ignacio Reyes García, Azaenegue comes from the Guanche word “Assa-enneg”, meaning “arrival of the dawn.” The work begins precisely with this idea: an orchestral texture of pointillist sonorities between the percussion section and the harp, combined with a background of natural harmonics in the strings, symbolizes the night. Gradually, a crescendo in in the brass and woodwinds gives way to the sunrise, with its innumerable modulations of the light, realized musically through timbral variation. Like the rest of the works in the cycle, musical prime matter is generated from algorithmic and computational procedures that provide a solid structure that unifies the piece. These procedures constitute purely a compositional scaffolding that does not affect the listening experience and enjoyment of the work.

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