Cochineal

Composer
Adrienne Inglis
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1960
Text
Traditional recipe
Year Composed
2017
Pages
33
Minutes
5:07
Difficulty
3 (Advanced high school collegiate or community chorus)
Language
English; Spanish; Other language
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
Yes
Solos
none
Instruments
Fixed electronic track
Extended Techniques
Yes
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Rhythmic, with steady energy; Joyful; Sparse, distant, minimal
Description

Cochineal combines earthy and electronic to set to music the ancient Andean recipe for dyeing alpaca wool with cochineal, an insect full of carminic acid that feeds on prickly pear cactus. Composed for SATB chorus and electronic dance track, the recipe depicts the synthesis of insects, alpaca wool, minerals, water, fire, sun, time, and a couple of unusual ingredients to create colorful beauty. Using Andean harmonies and scales, the music captures the grandeur of the Andes mountains and the artisanal tradition of hand-crafting colorful yarn from local natural ingredients. The computer-generated electronic track created using Logic Pro X features original sound design and compelling dance rhythms. Cochineal is the first musical collaboration between Adrienne Inglis and Walter Torres.

https://soundcloud.com/adrienne-inglis/inversion-ensemble-performs-cochineal-by-adrienne-inglis-ascap-and-walter-torres-bmi

Group
Inversion Ensemble
Performances
Inversion Ensemble: October 2017