Carlos Chavez: Sinfonia India

A portrait of Carlos Chavez taken in 1937.(Photo: Carl Van Vechten)
A portrait of Carlos Chavez taken in 1937.(Photo: Carl Van Vechten)

Carlos Chavez (1899-1978) completed his Sinfonia India in 1936, and I have always found it a fascinating piece from this important Mexican composer.

Chavez was also a conductor, educator and journalist who embraced the Native American musical influences of his homeland in his works.

His Symphony No. 2, titled, Sinfonia India incorporates naive Yaqui percussion to create an exotic blend of sounds in this sophisticated and exciting composition.

You can hear Chavez’s Sinfonia India today (Cinco de Mayo) between 4 and 5 pm on Classical 101.

Here is Mexican conductor Eduardo Mata in a video made some years ago leading the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela in the first part of Carlos Chavez’s Sinfonia India:

Also, this evening on Symphony at 7, we’ll have the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel conducting. Here he is performing music by Arturo Marquez:

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