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Gabriela Lena Frank

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Manchay Tiempo (Time of Fear) (2005)
G Schirmer Inc
Sub Category
Chamber Orchestra
Year Composed
13 Minutes
Programme Note
Gabriela Lena Frank Manchay Tiempo (Time of Fear) (2005)
Composer note:
As a young child, I was in the habit of coining my own labels for feelings and sensations especially vivid to me. Manchay Tiempo (actually 'mancha-dempo') was my word for the strange mix of terror and tenderness that my nightly dreams visited upon me. I associated it with one recurring dream involving my Peruvian-born mother, who in the dream is but a hair's-breadth away from some unspeakable danger...Years passed, and I forgot about 'mancha-dempo.' But as a college student, I caught a TV documentary about Sendero Luminoso, a Maoist-inspired group wreaking murderous havoc in my mother's country during the late 1970's and 1980's... I realized that at some earlier point, I had seen this program and interpreted it with a child's imagination...And there it was — manchay tiempo, a hybrid of Spanish and Quechua signifying a 'time of fear.'

— Gabriela Lena Frank

...Frank's substantive, 13-minute work, Manchay Tiempo ("Time of Fear") is full of unusual juxtapositions and ideas while remaining appealing to the ear. She uses percussion effectively, particularly sharp and hollow clap sounds and the metal sheet that when rattled sounds like distant thunder or sharp gusts of wind in trees.

The violas carry a Peruvian-based melody that bleeds away into all sorts of tendrils spun off to the strings (there are no winds in this piece).

The violins maintain frequent tremolo at the limits of their range, often bowed harsh and shallow on the bridge and without vibrato, and the harp comments with runs. It's an imaginative, original work. Märkl conducted the tricky score with verve, and Frank, 33, was present to accept enthusiastic applause.

Philippa Kiraly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer,01/01/0001
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