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ComposerGabriela Lena Frank
PublisherG Schirmer Inc
FormatScore and Parts
For cello and piano. Ríos Profundos draws inspiration from the novel of the same name by José María Arguedas, a Peruvian folklorist, poet, and Quechua advocate who reminds one in many ways of Bartók. In an attempt to validate the native culture of the Andes, Arguedas collected the tunes, poetry, and folklore of the Quechua Indians, the descendants of the Incas. Of the 20th-century pro-indigenista writers, he was one of the first to write poetry in Quechua as well as Spanish, and was also a proponent of "mestizaje," the idea that cultures can coexist peacefully. Like Bartók, he spoke of a brotherhood of people, and he proclaimed himself a modern Quechua man. — Gabriela Lena Frank