Movement 1: Canción de jinete Córdoba
Movement 2: El grito La elipse de un grito
Movement 3: La luna asoma Cuando sale la luna
Movement 4: Malagueña La muerte
This may have something to do with how the piece packs a considerable impact in its short duration. Consisting of four brief but intense pieces, it is essentially a study in the use of symmetrical scales (alternating tones and semitones). Canción de jinete (‘Riding song’) is based on a monomaniac galloping rhythm, while El grito (‘The scream’) is based on, well, a scream. La luna asoma (‘The moon rises’) features ‘moon music’ foreshadowing similar passages on similar texts in Katedralen and Canción de nuestro tiempo, while the parallel chords of Malagueña mimic the strumming of a guitar.
from notes by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi © 2010