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Ay Caray!


*perc: (tamb/SD/BD/susp-cym/hit-hat-cym)

could be performed by Drum Set (one player)


Duration: 4'

Carlos Ágreda - Ay Caray!Curtis Chamber Orchestra
00:00 / 03:22

Winner of the 2016 Stockport Youth Orchestra Composition Competition, Ay Caray! is a composition for orchestra by Carlos Ágreda, originally written for acapella choir (see ¡Ay Juemadre!), this orchestral version was conceived to give an approach to contemporary techniques for young musicians, using an easy and attractive musical language. This piece is written to develop orchestral skills in new musicians in terms of orchestral balance, mixed meters, polymeter, polyrhythm, and extended instrumental techniques; challenging young musicians to learn having fun.

The title makes reference to the everyday Spanish idiom expression "Ay Caray!" that is usually a result from small preoccupations of daily Colombian life. The composition is based on two traditional Colombian rhythms: Bambuco and Paseo Vallenato. These two rhythms are very different but this piece attempts to explore them and develop them as a single unit. Bambuco is a rather calm rhythm from the colder mountain region of Colombia, where the culture reflects this introversion and calmness. Vallenato, on the other hand, is popular in the hot Caribbean coast of Colombia where cultural aspects are more extroverted. The idea is to demonstrate the great cultural diversity of Colombia but at the same time the homogeneity of what being Colombian means, especially when we say "Ay Caray!".



Ganadora del Concurso de Composición Stockport Youth Orchestra 2016, Ay Caray! una composición para orquesta de Carlos Ágreda, orininalmente escrita para Coro Mixto (ver ¡Ay Juemadre!), esta versión orquestal fue concebida como una aproximación a técnicas contemporáneas para músicos jóvenes. Esta obra fue escrita para desarrollar habilidades orquestales en jóvenes músicos al rededor de balance orquestal, métricas compuestas, polimetría, polirritmia y técnicas extendidas; retando a jóvenes músicos a aprender divirtiéndose.

Su título hace referencia a la expresión castiza: “Ay Caray!”, que formula algún tipo
de preocupación frente a los pequeños problemas cotidianos de la vida colombiana. La composición está basada en los ritmos típicos colombianos del Bambuco y del Paseo Vallenato, variándolos y desarrollándolos conjuntamente. Está concebida para demostrar la gran diversidad cultural de Colombia y la vez, la gran homogeneidad de lo que significa ser colombiano, sea de la costa atlántica (vallenato) o del interior andino (bambuco).

Ay Caray!

Youth and Music around the pandemic

Música y Juventud en tiempos de pandemia

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