Year of composition
This work, commissioned by Maestro Salvador Brotons for the Barcelona Municipal Band, is inspired by a painting by Ana Corraliza Azorín, my mother. It is a portrait of Mah-Kah-`Wee, the Maiden of the Earth of the Lakota people, belonging to the Sioux tribe. It is made with the engraving technique. Almost monochrome in brown tones with a slight touch of violet and energetic and even abrupt strokes at times. The semitone distance modulations and the slow, almost static sections refer to this chromatic unity, while the contrasting fast tempo sections reflect the type of stroke used in the painting.
Although with certainty, the most symbolic part for me is the title. In the Sioux language, Wichahpi is a feminine name that means Star. And like any star that guides and illuminates, the light of my mother, who passed away shortly before I began to write this piece, showed me the way.