Terraza in English means “terrace,” and it is a term from geology, referring to a step-like landform that is artificially made on the surface of a mountain. In mountainous areas, this technique is employed to make the earth useful and possible to be inhabited by the human. I chose this name for my work since its structure is stratified using different layers that sustain the main axis of the work. The main important aspect of the work is the employment of three sound categories: harmonic, inharmonic and toneless sound. This stratified compositional technique allows making a gradual transition over these categories and a progressive density in rhythmic and pitch parameters.
Terraza (2023) for Flute, Bb Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, and two Percussionists was premiered by the New Music Ensemble on February 26th of 2023 at the University of Missouri, Columbia, U.S.A.