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Kronos presents the premiere of “Inkarrí,” a five-movement work by Gabriela Lena Frank

Kronos presents the premiere of “Inkarrí,” a five-movement work by Gabriela Lena Frank

Gabriela Lena Frank's musical influences come from her own polyglot background. Her mother is Peruvian, her father is descended from Lithuanian Jews, and she grew up in Berkeley, Calif. Her parents met when her father was a Peace Corps worker in Peru in the 1960s.

Kronos presents the premiere of “Inkarrí,” a five-movement work by Gabriela Lena Frank

Cutting-edge quartet
Kronos strikes contemporary chord with audience

By Dean Bevan - Special to the Journal-World

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

The Kronos Quartet lived up to its artistic mission, “to present and promote contemporary music and expand the repertoire for string quartet,” during its Saturday concert at the Lied Center.


Saturday marked the premiere of “Inkarrí,” a five-movement work by Gabriela Lena Frank. It describes the Inca myth-cycle of creation, struggle and regeneration. The first movement opens with a lovely cantabile violin, backed by soft strumming from the other strings. The second, representing primitive people, is filled with whistle and click sounds, strikingly like those of African languages.

The third movement, which describes competing tribes, is appropriately filled with contrapuntal melodies, clashing chords and an increasing tempo. The fourth movement describes the killing of the last Inca emperor and features a moving viola solo and sharp echoic sounds from the other musicians. The final movement, beginning with a rhapsodic violin solo, is filled with harmonies that suggest the return of justice.

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