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Scelsi: "Uaxuctum", Part One

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Uploaded on Oct 22, 2008

Giacinto Scelsi Uaxuctum (1966) Orchestre Et Chœur De La Radio-Télévision Polonaise De Cracovie, Ondes Martenot -- Tristan Murail, Conductor -- Jürg Wyttenbach. Accord ‎-- 200612. Uaxuctum is subtitled: "The legend of the Maya city, destroyed by themselves for religious reasons" and corresponds to an actual Maya city in Peten, Guatemala which flourished during the first millennium AD. This is an intensely dramatic work, and the most bizarre in Scelsi's output. It depicts the end of an ancient civilization - residing in Central America, but with mythical roots extending back to Egypt and beyond - it is the last flowering of a mystical and mythological culture which was slowly destroyed by our modern world. In this case, Scelsi says, the Mayans made a conscious decision to end the city themselves.

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