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85- Album-Sonata (2017), 27'
Commissioned by Marisa Canales for Flute and Piano, in 8 movements:
1-La Rueda
2-LaPuya
3-La Tierra
4-Las Piedras
5-La Brisa
6-Sturm und Drugs
7-Raníssimo
8-Colombius Monk

 

84- "Diásporas "(2017)
String Quartet in 5 movements:
1-Minute Dance
2-Kletzlama
3-Gnossienne Tonada
4-Gymnosophie
5-Tanganadanza

 

74. EL RECREO, LA CUMBIA, LOS VIKINGOS, Y OTRAS MINIATURAS (2013), ca. 12'
Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn

Commissioned by Quinteto Latino, California

66. POSTCARDS FROM KANNIBALIA (2009) ca. 20'
Trio for clarinet, violin and piano

Gypjab
Cari.Kum.Ba
Gnossienne-Tonada
Sapokalypse

Program Notes


Commissioned by the Verdehr Trio and Michigan State University, co-sponsored by Chevron Corporation and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Premiere at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC in Fall 2010 with Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet / Walter Verdehr, violin / Silvia Roederer, piano


65. SCHTUPAK THE FISH (2009) ca. 12’
Piano quartet

Schtupak the fish
Aaron Wunsch, piano / Jennifer Curtis, violin / Nicholas Mann, viola / Sunny Yang, cello

 

Program Notes


Premiered at Yellow Barn Festival, Vermont on July 23, 2009 by Aaron Wunsch, piano / Jennifer Curtis, violin /
Nicholas Mann, viola / Sunny Yang, cello


64. NUMBER NINE (2008) ca. 10'
Quintet for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano in one movement

Program Notes


Commissioned by Ensamble Onix, Mexico
Premiered at Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico in Novermber 2009 by Ensamble Onix
New York premiere at the MoMA Summergarden Series on July 11, 2010 with the New Juilliard Ensemble, conducted by Joel Sachs


62. DELTA DANCE (2008) ca. 5'
For violin and piano

60. GNOSSIENNE-TONADA (2007) ca. 6'
For clarinet quartet

Commissioned by the Caracas Clarinet Quartet

59. SURFAY (2007) ca. 3'
For flute and marimba

Commissioned by flutist Luis Julio Toro for a recording with Ricardo Gallardo, marimbist with the Tambuco Ensemble of Mexico

57. PORTICO EN MODO CRETICO (2007) ca. 6’
For 15 trumpets and timpani in one movement

Commissioned by El Sistema for members of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra
Premiered at the Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in May 2008 by members of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra
conducted by Diego Matheuz


54. VENEZUELAN SUITE FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (2006) ca. 13’

Totunel de warena

Colin Sorgi, violin / Jooeun Park, piano


Donzulian
Guasa del monocordio de lata
Su pajarillo

Giovanni Guzzo, violin / Luis Pares, piano

 

Program Notes


Premiered in Limoges, France, Nov. 2006 by Virginie Robilliard, violin and Ricardo Castro, piano;

London premiere at the Venezuelan Cultural Centre on July 11, 2007 with Giovanni Guzzo, violin

and Luis Pares, piano

52. MANGOSINFONI (2005) ca. 24’
For harp and organ in six movements
Mango Haze
Vertigo Fandango
La Mer Caraïbe
Man Goes Woman Goes
Brazil Pinball
Apache Rondeau


Commissioned by Chelsea Chen and Arielle
Partial premiere at Paul Hall, Juilliard School, New York, in May 2006 with Chelsea Chen, organ and Arielle, harp


46. CANTATA MAQROLL (2003) ca. 20’
For tenor voice, flute, soprano saxophone, violin, cello and piano in seven movements

Song cycle on texts by Alvaro Mutis and Belisario Betancur

Commissioned by the Festival de Artes in Cali, Colombia

45. TANGO SABATIER (2003) ca. 12’
Three tangos for arpegina (five-string viola with low E) or viola and piano
Caceroleando
Piazzolaberintus
Rallentango-Milonga


Commissioned by luthier Bernard Sabatier, creator of the arpegina
Premiered at Château Barreyre near Bordeaux, France in May 2003 by Jean-Paul Minalli, arpegina and Véronique Goudin, piano


44. NID D’ABEILLE, NID D’AMOUR (2003) ca. 11’
Trio for violin, arpegina (five-string viola with a low E) or viola and cello
Chansonnettes
Musette de la Ruche
Bransle Bourgeoise


Commissioned by Guy Prim
Premiered at Château Barreyre near Bordeaux, France in May 2003 by Virginie Robilliard, violin / Jean-Paul Minalli, arpegina / Paul Desenne, cello


42. HAKU UN YUU YUU (2003) ca. 15’20”
For flute, violin, cello, double bass, xaphoon and mixed media


Haku un yuu yuu

Luis Julio Toro, flute / Virginie Robilliard, violin / Paul Desenne, cello and programmed mechanical music box /
Alonso Toro, Hawaiian clarinet and sound design / Roberto Koch, bass


Commissioned by the Japanese Jodoshu Buddhist community of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Bishop Yomei Sasaki) for a commemorative CD and book released in June 2003

40. ORNITOLO CHIPOLEAO (clarinet quartet version) (2002) ca. 14’
For clarinet quartet (piccolo, 2 Bb, bass)
Also available for clarinet, cello or bassoon, and piano (see #25)

37. TOCATA GALEONICA PARA SEXTETO (2002) ca. 15’
For two violins, viola, cello, bass and harpsichord in three movements
Coplas del Mangle
Recuerdos de Venosa II
Tuyerias


Composed for the Accadèmia Bizantina di Ravenna

33. PAJARO-GUARACHA (2001) ca. 3' 30''
For four celli (or multiples of)

 

Pájaro-guaracha
Nancy Green, cello


Commissioned by Cello in New York
12 celli version premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in August 2005 by members of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra


32. KALIGUASA (2001) ca. 3'
For four celli (or more)

 

Commissioned by Cello in New York
12 celli version premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in August 2005 by members of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra


31. THE GLASS BAMBOO FROG CONSORT (1995-2001) ca. 9' 30''
For four celli (or more)


The Glass Bamboo Frog Consort
Nancy Green, cello

 

Commissioned by Cello in New York
Premiered at the Beauvais Cello Festival in France in May 2001 by Cello
12 celli version premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in August 2005 by members of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra


30. LA REVOLTOSA (2000) ca. 18’
Venezuelan rhapsody for violin or piccolo clarinet (Eb) and piano


La Revoltosa

Jorge Montilla, clarinet

Gail Novak, piano


Commissioned by the Cisneros Foundation for violinist Alexis Cárdenas
Transcribed for piccolo clarinet and piano in 2005 for Jorge Montilla
Clarinet version premiered and recorded at the University of Arizona in 2006 by Jorge Montilla, clarinet


29. HAYDN TUYERO, CHICHARRAS, GALEONES (2000) ca. 12’
Trio for flute, English horn or clarinet, and violin or cello, in two movements (with pre-recorded track of cicadas)

First Part
Second Part

Luis Julio Toro, flute / Jaime Martínez, English horn / Paul Desenne, cello

 

Program Notes


Commissioned by Gustavo Cisneros
Premiered at Hacienda Carabobo, near Caracas, on June 10, 2000 by Luis Julio Toro, flute, Jaime Martínez, English horn, and Paul Desenne, cello; US premiere in Durham, North Carolina in 2004 by the Mallarmé Players


27. PUNTOS NAVEGANTES: TWO PIECES FOR EARLY BAROQUE QUARTET (1998-99) ca. 9’
For recorder, baroque violin, viola da gamba and theorbo

Music based on early European music forms still found in the Venezuelan islands
Punto del Tirano
Canarios de Indias


Commissioned by the Palladian Ensemble of London

26. RRONQUIPLASS (1999) ca. 3’40”
For wind nonet (final movement for Visión Galeónica & Platillos Voladores, same instrumentation - see #7)

Rronquiplass
Camerata de las Américas of Mexico, conducted by Joel Sachs


Commissioned by Joel Sachs at Juilliard
Recorded by the Camerata de las Américas of Mexico with Joel Sachs, conductor


25. TRIO FOR CLARINET, CELLO OR BASSOON, AND PIANO (1998-99) ca. 14’
In four movements
Also available for clarinet quartet (see #40)
Ornitolo chipoleao
Borges Triangle
Recuerdos de Venosa III
Tácata Tocata

Taqui Ensemble (Jorge Montilla, clarinet)


Commissioned by clarinetist Paquito de Rivera for his ensemble Triangulo
Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in Nov. 2000 by Continuum; Premiere of bassoon version at the Contemporary Music Festival in Puerto Rico, summer 2003, with Ensemble Taqui; Complete bassoon version premiered at the MoMA Summergarden Series in New York in 2005 by Moran Katz, clarinet / Jennifer Rhodes, bassoon / Joel Sachs, piano


23. ZARPA EL FESTIVARPA (1997) ca. 17’

For nine chromatic harps, two diatonic Venezuelan folk harps, celesta, marimba, percussion, bass and cuatro (Venezuelan guitar)

Commissioned for the 1998 Third Latin-American Harp Convention
Premiered by the International Harp Orchestra Auditorio de la Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas in 1998,
conducted by Alfredo Rugeles


22. SONATA FOR CLARINET AND PIANO (1997) ca. 12’
Tácata-tocata
Borges
Aracataca toca

Jorge Montilla, clarinet / Gail Novak, piano


Commissioned by clarinetist Eloy Salgado
Premiered at Indiana University in 2002 by Jorge Montilla, clarinet and Gail Novak, piano; Venezuelan premiere at the Sala de Conciertos de la UCV in Caracas in 2005 with Eloy Salgado, clarinet and Sadao Muraki, piano


21. GURRUFIO (1997) ca. 7’
For flute orchestra (five voices)


Premiered at the Flute Convention in Chicago in summer 1998 by the flute orchestra of El Sistema

20. SUITE CLARINIGHT (1997) ca. 10’
For clarinet quartet
Papayera
Charcona
Guasacaglia melancholica

 

Caracas Clarinet Quartet
Commissioned and premiered by the Caracas Clarinet Quartet in 1997


19. 4½ MOVEMENTS FOR VIOLIN AND MARIMBA (1996) ca. 18’
("1/2 movement" is with tape accompaniment)

Commissioned by Marimolin violin and marimba duet with support by Meet the Composer
US premiere at the Dallas International Percussion Festival in 1998 with Gordon Stout, marimba
Paris premiere at the Conservatoire de Paris in 2003


18. TOCATA GALEONICA CUARTA (1991-94) ca. 12’
For two violins, cello and harpsichord in three movements
Version for sextet written in 2002 for the Accadèmia Bizantina di Ravenna, adding a viola and a double bass
Coplas del mangle
Recuerdos de Venosa II
Tuyerias


17. THREE PIECES FOR FLUTE AND GUITAR (TRIPTICO) (1994-95) ca. 10’
Bossanovals
Recuerdos de Venosa
Kumbiologia

Luis Julio Toro, flute / Rubén Riera, guitar

 

Premiered at the Contemporary Music Festival in Caracas in October 1995 by Luis Julio Toro, flute and Rubén Riera, guitar

16. PRELUDIO Y QUITIGLASS OCTET (1995) ca. 8'
Version for eight celli

15. PRELUDIO Y QUITIGLASS (1995) ca. 8’
For three celli

14. AEROGLIFOS OCTET (1994) ca. 4'
Version for eight celli

13. AEROGLIFOS (1994) ca. 4'
For three celli (or viola and two celli)

 

Viola version premiered at Weill Recital Hall in New York, Dec. 1994 by Paul Desenne and members of the
Cuarteto Latinoamericano of Mexico


12. PIZZIQUITIPLAS OCTET (1988-89) ca. 6’30”
For eight celli

11. PIZZIQUITIPLAS (1988-89) ca. 6’30”
For three celli (or viola and 2 celli).
A version of this piece has also been written for alto flute, cello and harp - see #6.


Pizziquitiplas

Miguel Rojas, cello / Manuel Mijares, cello / Paul Desenne, cello


Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in 1990 by the Paul Desenne Ensemble; US premiere at the Focus! Festival, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York in 1994; Viola version premiered at Weill Recital Hall in New York, December 1994 by Paul Desenne and members of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano of Mexico

10. LOS RICOCHELOS (1987) ca. 6'

For three celli

9. PIZZIGUASA (1985) ca. 4'
For three celli

8. TACHIRA Y FRONTERA (1991) ca. 6’
For chamber orchestra

Commissioned by Solistas de Cámara
Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in 1991 by Solistas de Cámara, conducted by Juan Tomás Martínez


7. VISION GALEONICA and PLATILLOS VOLADORES (1990) ca. 10’
For wind nonet in two movements (see third movement, #26 – Rronquiplass)

Visión galeónica
Platillos voladores

Camerata de las Américas of Mexico, conducted by Joel Sachs

fl, ob, Eng hr, cl, bass cl, bsn, ctrbsn, 2 Fr hr

Commissioned by the Nederlands Blasers Ensemble
Premiered in December 1990 at the Paradiso, Amsterdam by the Nederlands Blasers Ensemble, conducted by Tania León


6. PIZZIQUITIPLAS (1989) ca. 6’17” and PIZZIGUASA GALEONICA (1988-89) ca. 5’45”
For harp, flute and cello
Pizziquitiplas also available for viola and two celli, or for three celli

 

Pizziguasa Galeónica

Nicolás Real, flute / Anette Léon, harp / Paul Desenne, cello

 

Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in 1990 by the Paul Desenne Ensemble

5. GUASA NO. 1 (1983, rev. 1989) ca. 5'
For eight celli in one movement

Premiered at the Conservatoire de Paris Auditorium in March 1983 by the Conservatoire Octet; Recorded for a television series on Venezuelan orchestral youth in 1988

4. EL MONOCORDIO DE LATA (1990-97) ca. 9’

For flute, oboe, violin, cello and cuatro (Venezuelan guitar)

3. QUINTETO DE LA CULEBRA (1988) ca. 5’
For flute, oboe, violin, cello and cuatro (Venezuelan guitar) in two movements
Pajarillo de la culebra
Bambuco cruzado

Nicolás Real, flute / Anette León, harp / Paul Desenne, cello


Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in 1990 by the Paul Desenne Ensemble; US premiere at the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York in 2008 with Paquito d’Rivera and Marco Granados


2. BOTELLA AL GUAIRE (1985-86) ca. 14’
For flute, English horn, violin, cello and cuatro (Venezuelan guitar) in three movements
Guasa del 5 y 6
Canción de cuna de las montañas de Caracas
El fulchola

Nicolás Real, flute / Anette León, harp / Paul Desenne, cello


Premiered at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas in June 1990 by the Paul Desenne Ensemble

1. QUINTETO DEL PAJARO (1981-83) ca. 17'
For flute, oboe/English horn, violin, cello and cuatro (Venezuelan guitar) in four movements

Seis por derecho
Guasa del borrachito
Alba / vals
Periquera

Nicolás Real, flute / Andrés Eloy Medina, oboe and English horn / David Moreira, violin / Paul Desenne, cello / Aquiles Báez, cuatro (Recorded in 1990)

 

Program Notes


Premiered in Paris in December 1983 by the Paul Desenne Ensemble; US premiere at Weill Recital Hall, New York in December 1994 with Paul Desenne and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, organized by the American Composers Orchestra

 

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