In Ignacio Baca Lobera’s Recollection II, I am reminded of the avant garde style of composition. Eclectic and almost chaotic, Recollection II appears just as it’s title suggests. It is in likeness to that of a recalled memory. Parts become disorganized and recollection of that memory is imperfect and does not accurately reflect the event in question. A brief background of composer Ignacio Baca Lobera may give some insight into his compositional practices.
Ignacio Baca Lobera is a living Mexican composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and electroacoustic works. His music has been played all over the world. Baca Lobera began teaching himself guitar at the age of fourteen and began studying composition with Julio Estrada at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1979. He then went onto study at the University of California with Brian Ferneyhough, Jean-Charles François and Joji Yuasa where he earned his PhD. He currently teaches analysis, composition, counterpoint, and ear training at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. Ignacio Baca Lobera has received many awards and since April of 1997 he has been a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores of Mexico.
Recollection II was composed in 2000 for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano and percussion. Upon listening to this piece, my initial thought was that it seemed almost disorganized; none of the parts seemed to work together in any way, shape or form. Due to very little information on this composer or piece, it is impossible to know the circumstances under which this piece was composed. It appears that this piece is distorted due to its title. A recollection is the action of remembering something and often times our memories are distorted. Perhaps this is the reason for the jumbled texture. The majority of the instruments in this piece use extreme registers and the sounds that result are almost haunting in nature. Both the flute and clarinet frequently rise in pitch in order to produce a sound alike to that of a screech. Throughout, the percussion sounds as if various objects are being thrown or dropped with no real sense of rhythm. Sparser sections are interspersed with jumbles of sound where all instruments are playing seemingly at the same time. This piece presents itself as a jumbled memory trying to recall a past event, in which recollection is sporadic and disorganized at best. The piece ends with the percussion slowly fading out.
Ignacio Baca Lobera’s piece Recollection II is like the human memory, disorganized and sporadic. Although not much is known about this living composer, his piece seems to call upon the avant garde style.
– Jamille Brewster –
Albertson, Dan. Ignacio Baca Lobera. The Living Composers Project http://composers21.com/compdocs/baca_loberai.htm (accessed April 16, 2017).