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Viracocha : wind quintet

by Paul Kopetz (2012)

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The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

Viracocha is the great creator god in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology. According to one Inca myth, Viracocha's first creation was a dark world inhabited by giants, which he had fashioned from stone. These creatures proved disobedient, however, and Viracocha destroyed them. He may have turned them back to stone, or he may have swept them away in a great flood. Once they were gone, Viracocha made a second race, this time forming people from clay. He equipped them with the clothes, languages, songs, skills, and crops of different nations. Before the people spread out and populated the world, Viracocha ordered them to sink into the earth and to reappear on the surface again from lakes, caves, and hilltops. They did so, and each group of people built a shrine at the spot where they emerged.

The character of the piece is rhapsodic. The thematic ideas represent various Inca tribes as they are created by Viracocha. The music attempts to depict their fight for survival, their interaction with nature and each other, and the spiritual struggle in their relationship with the creator god.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Wind Quintet (flute doubling on piccolo, oboe on cor anglais, clarinet on Eb clarinet)

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: 20 May 12. Novara, Italy

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Mythical Creatures, Chakras

Winner of 2nd Prize in the Conservatorio Guido Cantelli’s “Festival Fiati” in Novara, Italy

Performances of this work

17 Apr 2014: at Ode to the Winds (TLC Theatre, Baulkham Hills High School). Featuring Sydney Contemporary Orchestra.

20 May 12: Novara, Italy

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