Master of Music
Kristine H. Burns
Music Composition and Analysis
Date of Defense
My composition May-SHEE-Ka from Atzlan for orchestra and choir creates a sound world that imagines what some of the sounds might have been like when the Mexica people first arrived on the banks of Lake Texcoco in the early development of the Mesoamerican region. This along with my research of the Mexicas musical and cultural practices provides the context for this work for full orchestra and SATB choir. The title of my work May-SHEE-Ka from Aztlan is derived from the pronunciation of the word Mexica in the Nahuatl language of Mesoamerica. Mexica is the name of the nomadic tribe more commonly referred to as the Aztecs. It is believed that the Mexica came from Atzlan, which is said to be the ancestral home of the Nahua peoples, a key cultural group of Mesoamerica. The word Azteca comes from the Nahuatl word for people from Atzlan. The title of this work is my own extraction of this historical understanding.
Reveles, Jaime Salvador, "May-SHEE-Ka from Atzlan for Large Orchestra and (SATB) Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass Choir" (2009). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 212.