JANITZIO · Música para plazas First version

Work information Autograph

Instrumental genre Music for symphony orchestra
Other versions: Second version
Place of composition
Mexico City
Date of composition
July 31, 1933
For Carlos Chávez and Armando Echeverría
October 13, 1933, Hidalgo Theater, Conservatory Orchestra, Cond. Silvestre Revueltas.
Picc, 2fl, 2ob, cl[E♭], cl[B♭], 2 bn / 2cor, 2tpt, tbn, tba / perc / (16)vn I, (16)vn II, (8)vc, (8)cb
Documentary archive
The autograph has been preserved.
Texts by Revueltas about the works
[Janitizio] is an island of fishermen that lulls Lake Pátzcuaro to sleep. Lake Pátzcuaro is ugly. Romantic and sentimental travelers have embellished it with kisses and postcard music. Not to be outdone, I’m also doing my part, in an infinite yearning for glory and fame. Without a doubt, posterity will acknowledge these efforts in favor of tourism. (Text published in the program for the corresponding concert.)
Periodical references
Baqueiro Foster, Gerónimo. “Crónicas musicales: La Sinfónica de México en su primer concierto gratuito para trabajadores.” Excélsior (August 9, 1935).
Kahan, Salomón. “Música: Un aplauso y una aclaración.” El Universal Gráfico (December 12, 1933).
_______. “Música: Carta abierta a Silvestre Revueltas.” El Universal Gráfico (November 3, 1933).
_______. “Música: Un saludable cambio de frente.” El Universal Gráfico (November 21, 1933).
_______. “Música: Clímax y anticlimax,” El Universal Gráfico (December 19, 1933).
Velazco, Jorge. “Las dos versiones de Janitzio.” Heterofonía I (1985).
_______. “The Original Version of Janitzio by Silvestre Revueltas.” The Latin American Music Review 7/2 (1986).