Horse Power (1926)

Submitted by Ingram Alder on Monday, 12/7/2009, at 10:19 PM
"Danza del hombre" (Dance of Man), selection from Chavez's orchestral suite from the futurist ballet "Caballos de Vapor" ("Horse Power," or simply "HP"). Collaborated with the artist Diego Rivera, who created the scenery.

02 - Suite de Caballos de Vapor - Horse Power Suite_ Danza d_1.mp3

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Sinfonía Índia (1935)

Submitted by Ingram Alder on Tuesday, 12/1/2009, at 8:44 PM
LSO conducted by Eduardo Mata, 1992.

01. Sinfonía Índia (Second Symphony).mp3

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Xochipilli, an Imagined Aztec Music (1940)

Submitted by Ingram Alder on Monday, 12/7/2009, at 9:33 PM
I. Allegro animato

01. Xochipilli, an Imaginary Aztec Music, I. Allegro animato.mp3

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Submitted by Ingram Alder on Monday, 12/7/2009, at 9:33 PM
II. Lento

02. Xochipilli, an Imaginary Aztec Music, II. Lento.mp3

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Submitted by Ingram Alder on Monday, 12/7/2009, at 9:34 PM
III. Vivo

03. Xochipilli, an Imaginary Aztec Music, III. Vivo.mp3

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Cantos de México for Mexican orchestra (1933)

Submitted by Ingram Alder on Monday, 12/7/2009, at 9:44 PM
III. Vivo

17. Cantos de México, III. Vivo.mp3

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Invention I for Piano (1958)

Submitted by Ingram Alder on Monday, 12/7/2009, at 10:26 PM
I. Con anima, tempo giusto

01. Invention I for Piano - I. Con anima, tempo giusto.mp3

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Soli II for Wind Quintet (1961)

Submitted by Ingram Alder on Monday, 12/7/2009, at 10:26 PM
I. Preludio

09. Soli II - Preludio.mp3

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Partita for Solo Timpani (1973)

Submitted by Ingram Alder on Wednesday, 12/2/2009, at 10:44 AM

Here is a video of some guy playing Chavez's Partita for solo timpani. Check out all four movements. He's pretty good, I guess...

Toccata for Percussion Instruments (1942)

Submitted by Ingram Alder on Wednesday, 12/2/2009, at 10:37 AM

 

2nd and 3rd movements from Chávez's Toccata for Percussion Instruments (1942), for six percussionists.

Commissioned by John Cage for his percussion ensemble in Chicago, originally composed not to be danced but rather as "pure" music.  Here it is choreographed by the Italian "modern" dancer/choreographer Liliana Merlo, in 1978. From the video's description on YouTube: "Please, note: the video, even in this case, takes the ballet during the dress rehearsal of the first representation, only for documentation purposes. For this reason, scenic elements on stage are for a different ballet, which have no relevance to the setting of present ballet aesthetic that, on the contrary, included a completely naked scene."

The sound is a little iffy, but it's still fun to watch?