Gabriela Lena Frank
Gabriela Frank’s compositional style is a chimera of many influences, many stemming from her own unique heritage. The daughter of a Peruvian-Chinese mother and a Jewish-Lithuanian father, Frank draws upon the culture and music of her parents’ lives and her own experiences traveling through South America. Like composer/musicologists before her (Bartók and Kodály the prime examples), she collects music and culture from indigenous peoples and applies Western theoretical principles to create new music — indeed, a new sound world.
Frank’s Elegía Andina is, as its name suggests, an elegy to the Andes. This very beautiful work is influenced by the music native to the Andean region in South America. An earlier work, Illapa: Tone Poem for Flute and Orchestra, also draws upon South American themes and brings the Incan god of weather to life by using both traditional Western instruments and Andean flutes.