Gackstatter explores the ancient mysteries of the Aztec people with this exciting work for wind ensemble. The driving, percussive multi-meter vigor that characterizes most of the piece is broken up by several free, aleatoric sections, utilizing many special vocal effects, including the horrifying Aztec death whistle.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard Level: 4 | Duration: 6:05
Program Notes The Aztecs were a highly advanced and powerful civilization. Using psychological warfare when attacking an enemy, the Aztecs would charge while blowing on death whistles, which make a sound like human screaming. Death whistles are also used in Day of the Dead processions and rituals to this day. This piece depicts the warfare and the celebration after a victory.