LETITIA ARMIJO (b.1961): OIKABETH for Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica del Instituto Politécnico Nacional; Gabriella Diaz Alatriste, A pesar de todo for String Quartet, Sonata púrpura for Piano Trio, Sonata andina for Violin and Piano, Lunas for Piano Duo, Murmullo de sirenas and Coatlicue for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Contralto and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 08T077
Label: Colección Murmillo de Sirenas
Description: Aside from her compositional career, Leticia Armijo is a prominent ethnomusicological researcher specialising in musical traditions in Latin America, especially Mexico, and the position of women in the music of the region. Both of these preoccupations inform the form and content of much of the music here, which is expressive, very neo-romantic and tonal. Moons, for instance, is a four-movement ballet on the subject of the legend of the Aztec goddess Coyolxahuhqui, based throughout on characteristic Latin American rhythms and harmonies. The short Sonata andina employs Chilean rhythms and scales from traditional music, while the Purple Sonata's Trinity of movements ('purple' for the lenten vestments in the Catholic tradition) explores the Passion and Resurrection through folkloric means. The quartet In Spite of it All, based on a Chinese legend, intriguingly combines six-tone scales with mariachi rhythms, while the sumptuous neo-romantic tone poem OIKABETH (the title is an acronym of a Mayan phrase) celebrates the Mexican feminist movement in a kind of sonata form in which a 'strong' first subject co-operates with a 'tender' second subject rather than opposing it. Various artists.