Hilda Paredes (1957)

Tzolkin (2001)

pour percussion

  • General information
    • Composition date : 2001
    • Duration : 11 mn
    • Editor : University of York Music Press
    • Commission: Centre Richard Attenborough, UniversitĂ© de Leicester et Alonso Mendoza
    • Dedication : Alonso Mendoza
Detailed formation
  • percussionist

Creation information

  • Date : March 2003
    Location :

    Royaume-Uni, Leicester, Richard Attenborough Centre

    Performers :

    Alonso Mendoza.

Program note

TZOLKIN was conceived mostly as a ritualistic piece. It was written as a response to Alonso Mendoza request of writing a piece for a concert that would have a theme about All Saints Day and the day of the Death in Mexico.

It consists mostly of two large sections: the opening has a meditative character that leads onto a ritualistic section.

TZOLKIN was written based on different time cycles from different cultures. Firstly, the beginning of the piece is based on rhythmic cycles of 13 beats, which repeat before beginning a process of transformation. This corresponds to the way the Mayas of ancient Mexico used to measure time. The title of the piece makes reference to this ritualistic calendar of 260 days, comprising 13 numbers and 20 different names represented in glyphs. On the other hand the number 13 is also part of the fibonacci series, which structures the transition that leads on to the second section of the piece. This is built mostly on rhythmic cycles, which cadential impulse is based on ideas inspired on the music of Northern India: a phrase often repeats three times before falling on the first beat of a new cycle. This concept is applied in whole phrases and in small motives. This pattern is used consistently throughout this section, which is conceived to enable the player to display his virtuoso abilities. Before the end, a bright short coda closes the piece.

Hilda Paredes.