Luna Boliviana, for unaccompanied horn
Luna Boliviana was written during the spring of 2021, finished in June. The inspiration came from a visit to Valle de la Luna, a canyon in Bolivia. Admittedly, the music is representational, with the wide octaves and glisses referring to the steep terrain of the mountainside city. The haunting melody in the opening shares the feeling of being in the canyon while, at the same time, invokes a type of Bolivian music telling of unrequited love. The later, buoyant melody uses the mixed meter of some Bolivian folk music and contains the effervescent personality of the people. The somber end is an organic retelling of the stories through the eyes of the Indigenous People and the land itself.
Luna Boliviana is dedicated to mi hermanita, my good friend, Verónica Guardia.