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Name of the Maya archeological site in Yucatan.
Written in:
2 flts (+ 2picc & alto flt), 2 Obs (+1Cor anglais), 2 Bb-flat Clt(+A &Bass Clt), 2 fgt, 4 cors in F, 2 Trpts, 2 Trbnes, 1 Tuba, 4 players: 1 Bass drum, 1 Large Cymbal, 1 Tam-tam, 4 Timpani, 4 Tom-Tom, 1 Triangle, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Marimba, tubular bells; 1 Harp, 1 Piano, 1 Celeste, 12 vlns I, 12 vlns II, 10 vlas, 8 vc, 6 DBs.
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Commission by Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, funded by Consejo Nacional de las Artes in 1991.


Premiered in 1993 at Sala Ollin Yolitzli, Mexico city by Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, conducted by Luis Herrera de la Fuente.

Programme Note

The title makes a reference to the Mayan archeological site near Maxcanú in Yucatan. One of the buildings in this site is a labyrinth and this was the poetic idea that inspired the piece. The creative process was one of finding paths, which lead to explore other ones and grow out of them. The harmony is built out of a magic square of pitches, which contribute to create melodic lines as well.