Max Lifchitz’s Mosaico Latinoamericano (“Latin American Mosaic”) is in two contrasting movements. Its musical language employs rhythms and melodic ideas based on folk melodies from several Latin American countries.
The first movement, slow and introverted, is built around the Afro-American melody “canto lucumí”(Cuban song for the dead) and the Mayan “Xtoles” (also a funeral song).
The second movement, fast and lively, exploits dance rhythms (the “Huapango” and “Merengue”) from the Caribbean and other coastal areas.
Mosaico Latinoamericano was written at the request of flutist Lisa Hansen and pianist Katrina Krimsky who premiered it in Zürich, Switzerland on June 1, 1991. The music critic of Zürich’s Badener Tagblatt termed the premiere a “definite success”. He added:”… Latin American rhythms and melodies shimmered like a tender light without at all becoming rebellious…”
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“In Bellum Primum” World Premiere
The world premiere of 2012 Latin Grammy award winner Yalil Guerra’s ”In Bellum Primum” at Enlow Hall, Kean University, with pianist Martha Marchena.
Performed by Max Lifchitz and Lisa Hansen at Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum Thursday, April 24, 2014 Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall Kean University.