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Art Music of the Day: La Otra Conquista by Samuel Zyman and Jorge Reyes

Posted in Art Music, Arts & Culture, The Journal of Mexican Art Music by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on November 14, 2011

This is a movement from the movie La otra conquista (The Other Conquest) produced by Álvaro Domingo, the son of tenor Plácido Domingo. The orchestral score was composed by Samuel Zyman, a Mexican composer who is a faculty member at the prestigious Julliard School at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

This piece consists of a mixture of traditional European orchestral and choral music combined with indigenous Mexican music composed by Jorge Reyes, a specialist in this type of music. Reyes uses ocarinas and indigenous percussion instruments like the teponaxtli, (or teponaztli) the huehuetl and corporal percussion to compose his score.

Examples of Aztec ocarinas and reed flutes

An Aztec huehuetl drum

Aztec teponaztli drums

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