Mambo à la Braque (1990)3:02
If you ever had the chance to observe one of David Hockney’s photographic collages then you’ll know how this piece is constructed in sound. Short musical segments, all of which came from different recordings of a very well known mambo — Caballo Negro (Black Horse) by the King of Mambo, Cuban composer Damaso Perez Prado, are reconstructed as a sound mosaic using other clearly dissimilar sounds to “glue” them in time. In spite of the fact that each fragment has a unique tempo and aural imprint due to their different acoustic origins, once assembled they hold together well since they all share similar musical content. This is “cubist” music, a new reinvented mambo, made out of “mambo snippets”. Mambo à la Bracque is one of the dance numbers of my opera Mambo, a work completed in 1998.
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