CataloguePageJavier Alvarez

  • The music of Javier Alvarez reveals influences of popular cultures that go beyond the borders of our own time and place, and his work is representative of an immensely important trend in the arts.

    John Adams

  • "This is no political screed...[this is] important music that audiences deserve to hear again, even often, in years to come."

    Marcus Overton, San Diego Union Tribune

  • “Javier Alvarez is perhaps the most interesting Mexican musician born in the fifties. An alert musical intelligence, sustained by the command of a plurality of techniques and an eclectic perspective has yielded a multi-faceted and vigorous oeuvre that presents an extremely original evolution.”

    Yolanda Moreno Rivas

CatalogueJavier Alvarez

Solo and chamber works

Title Ensemble Year Duration
LLUVIA DE TORITOS Solo flute 1984 9’
FANFARE FOR GAVIN Solo trumpet 2010 3’
ESTUDIO 2 Solo tenor steel pan 2017 5’
ESTUDIO 5 Solo tenor steel pan 2000 5’
N MAMBO Piano solo 2001 3’
ENCLAVE TRIPLE Piano solo 2003 11’
EL SUEÑO DEL TOLOK piano solo 2014 5’
BAGATELA RITMATA piano solo 2014 5’
SOLO DE OLVIDO UN RECUERDO piano solo 2016 5'
HORMIGA RENCA DE PASO CORTO piano solo 2016 5’
RETÁCTILO piano solo 2020 6’
STILLNESS piano solo 2020 6’
CHACONNA Viola and harpsichord 1991 6’
SERPIENTE Y ESCALERA Cello and piano 1995 10’
KI BONE GAKU Trombone and marimba 1984 12’
CARACTERÍSTICAS Flute, oboe, cello and piano 1982 9’
TIENTOS Flute (picc.), Bb clarinet, violin, cello and piano 1985 11’
QUEMAR LAS NAVES Sop. sax, trumpet, trombone, piano and electric bass guitar 1988 15’
METRO CHABACANO String quartet 1988 8’
METRO TAXQUEÑA String quartet 1994 8’
METRO NATIVITAS String quartet 1999 8’
SON-RISA String quartet 2020 2’
TROMPATUFARRIA AL PASTOR Horn quartet 2005 7’
ACORDEÓN DE ROTO CORAZÓN Saxophone quartet (SATB) 1994 7’
NOCTURNO Y TOQUE Percussion quartet: (2 tenor steel pans and 2 marimbas) 2000 14’
HORAS MARCADAS Flute and string quartet 2014 18’
JARDÍN DE OTOÑO Clarinet and string quartet 2009 21’
AYARA Basoon and string quartet 1981 22’
NOCTURNO Y TOQUE Percussion quartet: (2 tenor steel pans and 2 marimbas) 2000 14’
DE ESTRELLAS Y HORMIGAS Woodwind quintet: flt, ob, Bb clt(bass clt.), horn and bassoon 2013 15’
MODELO PARA ARMAR S. sax, t. sax and b. sax, 2 baroque guitars, electric bass guitar and percussion 2000 9’
GRAIN JUNCTIONS Mixed ensemble (trumpet, tenor sax, bass guitar, piano, 1 percusión electroacoustic sounds + live electronics / audience participation 2018 13’
CANCIONES DE LA VENTA Soprano, violin, viola, baroque guitar (Text in Spanish by Jose Carlos Becerra) 1977 12’
TIEMPO DETENIDO Soprano , clarinet, violin, cello and piano 2014 15’
TRES RANAS CONTRA RELOJ Soprano, violin, cello and piano (vocalise) 1981 17’
FRAGMENTOS DE HUESO Soprano, flute, soprano sax, bass clarinet& viola (text in nahuatl by Netzahualcoyotl) 1984 9’
ANIMAL CRACKERS 2 sopranos and baritone, viola and piano (text in English by de Jo Shapcott) 1990 9’
VUELO DE VOCES Mezzo-soprano and clarinet bajo (Text in Spanish by Carlos Pellicer) 2013 5’
TIEMPO DETENIDO Soprano , clarinet, violin, cello and piano 2014 15’
DIAS COMO SOMBRA 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, barítono and percussion quartet (marimbas and diverse drums) (Text in Spanish by Enrique Guerrero Larrañaga) 2010 13’

Wind ensemble

Title Ensemble Year Duration
RECINTOS Wind ensemble 1983 16’’

Chamber orchestra or Large Ensemble

Title Ensemble Year Duration
LINEA 3 String orchestra 1999 20’
METAL DE CORAZONES Clarinet en Bb, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, piano 1 percussion + percussion quartet 2012 13’
DEL CORAZON DE MADERA 2 Flutes (picc) and percussion quintet 2014 12’
FUGIT SPEULUM FULGUR ttrb, ttr, btr,, cimbasso, organo and theorbo 2016 9’

Choir and ensemble, electroacoustics or orchestra

Title Ensemble Year Duration
AMOR ES MAS LABERINTO Mixed choir (SSAATTBB), 5 soloists (SSATB), 3.3.3.3 - 4.2.3.1 - piano, harp, perc (2) and strings. (Text in Spanish by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz) 1978 32’
TE ESPERA ESA CHISPA Mixed choir (SSAATTBB), 2 fr. horns, 2 trbs, perc (2) prepared piano & doublebass (Texto in Spanish by José Carlos Becerra) 1982 9’
CALACAS IMAGINARIAS Mixed choir (SSAATTBB), and selectroacoustic sounds - fixed media (stereo) (Text in Spanish by Teresa de Avila and Netzahualcoyotl) 1994 24’
DIAS COMO SOMBRA Mixed choir (SATB) and percussion quartet (marimbas and drums) (Text in Spanish by Enrique Guerrero Larrañaga) 2010 13’

Orchestra

Title Ensemble Year Duration
GRAMÁTICA DE DOS 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.2 - keyboard & strings 1991 14’
MISCELÁNEA YUCATECA 3.3.3.3 - 4.2.3.1, piano, harp, timp, perc (3) & strings 2005 19’
[DE AQUÍ A LA VELETA](https://temazcal.co.uk/store/pieces/de-aqu%C3%AD-a-la-veleta?permalink=de-aqu%C3%AD-a-la-veleta) 3,3,3,2 -4,3,3,1 perc (4), timp, piano/celesta, harp & strings 2013 20”
[METRO CHABACANO](https://temazcal.co.uk/store/pieces/metro-chabacano?permalink=metro-chabacano) 3,2,2,2 -4,2,3,1 piano, harp, perc(3) & strings 2013 7’
Y LA MÁQUINA VA 3,2.2,2 -4,3,3,1, perc (4), timp, piano, harp & strings 2018 13’

Soloist(s) and orchestra

Title Ensemble Year Duration
TRIREME Solo horn 2.2.2.2 - 1.2.1, piano, harp, guitar and strings 1982 18’
MÚSICA PARA PIEL and PALANGANA Solo percussion, 2.2.2.2 - 4.2.2.1 - piano/cel, harp & strings 1993 20’
GEOMETRÍA FOLIADA String quartet, 2.2.2.2 - 4.2.2.1, piano, harp, timp,, perc (3) and strings 2003 24’
JARDINES CON PALMERA Solo percussion, 2,2,2,2, 4,2,2,1, timp, perc (3) piano/celesta, harp and strings 2012 13’
LA CEIBA ERA LUNA Solo Bassoon, 2,2,4,2, 4 + tuba, timp, perc(3), piano/celesta, harp and strings 2013 18’
METAL DE TRÉBOLES Percussion quartet, 3,3,3,2 -4,3,3,1, perc (4), timp, piano/celesta, harp & strings 2016 19’
VENDEDOR DE ILUSIONES Solo clarinet, perc (4), timp, piano & strings 2017 17’
BRAZOS DE NIEBLA Boy soprano, 3,3,3,2 -4,3,3,1, perc (4), timp, piano/celesta, harp, 6 Mexican vihuelas & strings 2018 16’

Works for instrument(s) and electroacoustic sounds

Title Ensemble Year Duration
[TEMAZCAL](https://temazcal.co.uk/store/pieces/temazcal?permalink=temazcal) Maracas & electroacoustic sounds -fixed media (4 channels)) 1984 8’
ON GOING ON Sax barítono, electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo - and tratamientos en vivo 1987 11’
PAPALOTL Piano and electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo 1987 13’
ASÍ EL ACERO Steel pan tenor and electroacoustic sounds -fixed media -Stereo. 1988 9’
ACUERDOS POR DIFERENCIA Harp and electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - stereo. 1989 11’
MANNAM Kayagoum (cítara coreana) and electroacoustic sounds -fixed media -Stereo. 1992 12’
SHEKERE Shekere and electroacoustic sounds in real time (MAX-MSP)- 4 channels) 1993 15'
MAMBO VINKO Trombone & electroacoustic sounds - fixed media (stereo) 1993 15'
CALACAS IMAGINARIAS Coro mixto (SSAATTBB), and & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) (Text in Spanish by Teresa de Avila and Netzahualcoyotl) 1994 24’
PYRAMID Instrumentos melódicos instruments (variable) & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 1995 7’
OFFRANDE Steel pans tenor and barítonos (2 instrumentistas) & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2000 16’
MANTIS WALK IN METAL SPACE Steel pan tenor solista, 2 flts, 2 clts, oboe, Bassoon, corno francés, trpt, trb, tuba and live electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2001 17’
RECYCLE LOOPS Percussion quartet, invented instruments (variable number of performers) and & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2002 variable
CYLINDER CLOUDS 3 Flutes and & fixed electroacoustic sounds -6 channels) 2002 20’
LE REPAS DU SERPENT & RETOUR A LA RAISON Cello, video & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2004 10’
NEGRO FUEGO CRUZADO 2 bass clarinets & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2007 11’
DE TUS MANOS BROTAN PÁJAROS Bassoon and & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2010 13’
ALMAGRE Y AZUL 2 Guitars & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2010 10’
[SONOROSÓN](https://temazcal.co.uk/store/pieces/sonorosón?permalink=sonorosón) Harp & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2011 6’

Acousmatic works

Title Ensemble Year Duration
THE PANAMA FILES Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media- Stereo (2 channels)) 1986 4’
EDGE DANCE Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 1987 5’
MAMBO A LA BRACQUE Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 1990 3’
OVERTURE Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 1995 1’
CACTUS GEOMETRIES Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media -Octophonic (8 channels)) 2003 17’
APURO CHANFLE Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 2005 9’
PETENERA Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 2006 4’
PENÍNSULA DE PAJAROS Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Hexaphonic (6 channels)) 2012 12’
VELETA and CIRCULO Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Quadraphonic (4 channels)) 2013 14’
ALES CANTICUM Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - (24 channels) 2013 16’
BLANCO SOBRE BLANCO Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 2014 11’
MICHAEL'S ZUKUNFTSGARTENMUSIC Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 2014 10’
MEJOR MORIR EN LA SELVA Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Octophonic (8 channels)) 2016 13’
59 BIRDS & 1 PASSENGER Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 2020 1’
    • Solo and chamber works
      Title Ensemble Year Duration
      LLUVIA DE TORITOS Solo flute 1984 9’
      FANFARE FOR GAVIN Solo trumpet 2010 3’
      ESTUDIO 2 Solo tenor steel pan 2017 5’
      ESTUDIO 5 Solo tenor steel pan 2000 5’
      N MAMBO Piano solo 2001 3’
      ENCLAVE TRIPLE Piano solo 2003 11’
      EL SUEÑO DEL TOLOK piano solo 2014 5’
      BAGATELA RITMATA piano solo 2014 5’
      SOLO DE OLVIDO UN RECUERDO piano solo 2016 5'
      HORMIGA RENCA DE PASO CORTO piano solo 2016 5’
      RETÁCTILO piano solo 2020 6’
      STILLNESS piano solo 2020 6’
      CHACONNA Viola and harpsichord 1991 6’
      SERPIENTE Y ESCALERA Cello and piano 1995 10’
      KI BONE GAKU Trombone and marimba 1984 12’
      CARACTERÍSTICAS Flute, oboe, cello and piano 1982 9’
      TIENTOS Flute (picc.), Bb clarinet, violin, cello and piano 1985 11’
      QUEMAR LAS NAVES Sop. sax, trumpet, trombone, piano and electric bass guitar 1988 15’
      METRO CHABACANO String quartet 1988 8’
      METRO TAXQUEÑA String quartet 1994 8’
      METRO NATIVITAS String quartet 1999 8’
      SON-RISA String quartet 2020 2’
      TROMPATUFARRIA AL PASTOR Horn quartet 2005 7’
      ACORDEÓN DE ROTO CORAZÓN Saxophone quartet (SATB) 1994 7’
      NOCTURNO Y TOQUE Percussion quartet: (2 tenor steel pans and 2 marimbas) 2000 14’
      HORAS MARCADAS Flute and string quartet 2014 18’
      JARDÍN DE OTOÑO Clarinet and string quartet 2009 21’
      AYARA Basoon and string quartet 1981 22’
      NOCTURNO Y TOQUE Percussion quartet: (2 tenor steel pans and 2 marimbas) 2000 14’
      DE ESTRELLAS Y HORMIGAS Woodwind quintet: flt, ob, Bb clt(bass clt.), horn and bassoon 2013 15’
      MODELO PARA ARMAR S. sax, t. sax and b. sax, 2 baroque guitars, electric bass guitar and percussion 2000 9’
      GRAIN JUNCTIONS Mixed ensemble (trumpet, tenor sax, bass guitar, piano, 1 percusión electroacoustic sounds + live electronics / audience participation 2018 13’
      CANCIONES DE LA VENTA Soprano, violin, viola, baroque guitar (Text in Spanish by Jose Carlos Becerra) 1977 12’
      TIEMPO DETENIDO Soprano , clarinet, violin, cello and piano 2014 15’
      TRES RANAS CONTRA RELOJ Soprano, violin, cello and piano (vocalise) 1981 17’
      FRAGMENTOS DE HUESO Soprano, flute, soprano sax, bass clarinet& viola (text in nahuatl by Netzahualcoyotl) 1984 9’
      ANIMAL CRACKERS 2 sopranos and baritone, viola and piano (text in English by de Jo Shapcott) 1990 9’
      VUELO DE VOCES Mezzo-soprano and clarinet bajo (Text in Spanish by Carlos Pellicer) 2013 5’
      TIEMPO DETENIDO Soprano , clarinet, violin, cello and piano 2014 15’
      DIAS COMO SOMBRA 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, barítono and percussion quartet (marimbas and diverse drums) (Text in Spanish by Enrique Guerrero Larrañaga) 2010 13’
    • Wind ensemble
      Title Ensemble Year Duration
      RECINTOS Wind ensemble 1983 16’’
    • Chamber orchestra or Large Ensemble
      Title Ensemble Year Duration
      LINEA 3 String orchestra 1999 20’
      METAL DE CORAZONES Clarinet en Bb, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, piano 1 percussion + percussion quartet 2012 13’
      DEL CORAZON DE MADERA 2 Flutes (picc) and percussion quintet 2014 12’
      FUGIT SPEULUM FULGUR ttrb, ttr, btr,, cimbasso, organo and theorbo 2016 9’
    • Choir and ensemble, electroacoustics or orchestra
      Title Ensemble Year Duration
      AMOR ES MAS LABERINTO Mixed choir (SSAATTBB), 5 soloists (SSATB), 3.3.3.3 - 4.2.3.1 - piano, harp, perc (2) and strings. (Text in Spanish by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz) 1978 32’
      TE ESPERA ESA CHISPA Mixed choir (SSAATTBB), 2 fr. horns, 2 trbs, perc (2) prepared piano & doublebass (Texto in Spanish by José Carlos Becerra) 1982 9’
      CALACAS IMAGINARIAS Mixed choir (SSAATTBB), and selectroacoustic sounds - fixed media (stereo) (Text in Spanish by Teresa de Avila and Netzahualcoyotl) 1994 24’
      DIAS COMO SOMBRA Mixed choir (SATB) and percussion quartet (marimbas and drums) (Text in Spanish by Enrique Guerrero Larrañaga) 2010 13’
    • Orchestra
      Title Ensemble Year Duration
      GRAMÁTICA DE DOS 2.2.2.2 - 2.2.2 - keyboard & strings 1991 14’
      MISCELÁNEA YUCATECA 3.3.3.3 - 4.2.3.1, piano, harp, timp, perc (3) & strings 2005 19’
      [DE AQUÍ A LA VELETA](https://temazcal.co.uk/store/pieces/de-aqu%C3%AD-a-la-veleta?permalink=de-aqu%C3%AD-a-la-veleta) 3,3,3,2 -4,3,3,1 perc (4), timp, piano/celesta, harp & strings 2013 20”
      [METRO CHABACANO](https://temazcal.co.uk/store/pieces/metro-chabacano?permalink=metro-chabacano) 3,2,2,2 -4,2,3,1 piano, harp, perc(3) & strings 2013 7’
      Y LA MÁQUINA VA 3,2.2,2 -4,3,3,1, perc (4), timp, piano, harp & strings 2018 13’
    • Soloist(s) and orchestra
      Title Ensemble Year Duration
      TRIREME Solo horn 2.2.2.2 - 1.2.1, piano, harp, guitar and strings 1982 18’
      MÚSICA PARA PIEL and PALANGANA Solo percussion, 2.2.2.2 - 4.2.2.1 - piano/cel, harp & strings 1993 20’
      GEOMETRÍA FOLIADA String quartet, 2.2.2.2 - 4.2.2.1, piano, harp, timp,, perc (3) and strings 2003 24’
      JARDINES CON PALMERA Solo percussion, 2,2,2,2, 4,2,2,1, timp, perc (3) piano/celesta, harp and strings 2012 13’
      LA CEIBA ERA LUNA Solo Bassoon, 2,2,4,2, 4 + tuba, timp, perc(3), piano/celesta, harp and strings 2013 18’
      METAL DE TRÉBOLES Percussion quartet, 3,3,3,2 -4,3,3,1, perc (4), timp, piano/celesta, harp & strings 2016 19’
      VENDEDOR DE ILUSIONES Solo clarinet, perc (4), timp, piano & strings 2017 17’
      BRAZOS DE NIEBLA Boy soprano, 3,3,3,2 -4,3,3,1, perc (4), timp, piano/celesta, harp, 6 Mexican vihuelas & strings 2018 16’
    • Works for instrument(s) and electroacoustic sounds
      Title Ensemble Year Duration
      [TEMAZCAL](https://temazcal.co.uk/store/pieces/temazcal?permalink=temazcal) Maracas & electroacoustic sounds -fixed media (4 channels)) 1984 8’
      ON GOING ON Sax barítono, electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo - and tratamientos en vivo 1987 11’
      PAPALOTL Piano and electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo 1987 13’
      ASÍ EL ACERO Steel pan tenor and electroacoustic sounds -fixed media -Stereo. 1988 9’
      ACUERDOS POR DIFERENCIA Harp and electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - stereo. 1989 11’
      MANNAM Kayagoum (cítara coreana) and electroacoustic sounds -fixed media -Stereo. 1992 12’
      SHEKERE Shekere and electroacoustic sounds in real time (MAX-MSP)- 4 channels) 1993 15'
      MAMBO VINKO Trombone & electroacoustic sounds - fixed media (stereo) 1993 15'
      CALACAS IMAGINARIAS Coro mixto (SSAATTBB), and & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) (Text in Spanish by Teresa de Avila and Netzahualcoyotl) 1994 24’
      PYRAMID Instrumentos melódicos instruments (variable) & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 1995 7’
      OFFRANDE Steel pans tenor and barítonos (2 instrumentistas) & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2000 16’
      MANTIS WALK IN METAL SPACE Steel pan tenor solista, 2 flts, 2 clts, oboe, Bassoon, corno francés, trpt, trb, tuba and live electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2001 17’
      RECYCLE LOOPS Percussion quartet, invented instruments (variable number of performers) and & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2002 variable
      CYLINDER CLOUDS 3 Flutes and & fixed electroacoustic sounds -6 channels) 2002 20’
      LE REPAS DU SERPENT & RETOUR A LA RAISON Cello, video & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2004 10’
      NEGRO FUEGO CRUZADO 2 bass clarinets & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2007 11’
      DE TUS MANOS BROTAN PÁJAROS Bassoon and & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2010 13’
      ALMAGRE Y AZUL 2 Guitars & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2010 10’
      [SONOROSÓN](https://temazcal.co.uk/store/pieces/sonorosón?permalink=sonorosón) Harp & fixed electroacoustic sounds (stereo) 2011 6’
    • Acousmatic works
      Title Ensemble Year Duration
      THE PANAMA FILES Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media- Stereo (2 channels)) 1986 4’
      EDGE DANCE Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 1987 5’
      MAMBO A LA BRACQUE Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 1990 3’
      OVERTURE Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 1995 1’
      CACTUS GEOMETRIES Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media -Octophonic (8 channels)) 2003 17’
      APURO CHANFLE Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 2005 9’
      PETENERA Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 2006 4’
      PENÍNSULA DE PAJAROS Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Hexaphonic (6 channels)) 2012 12’
      VELETA and CIRCULO Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Quadraphonic (4 channels)) 2013 14’
      ALES CANTICUM Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - (24 channels) 2013 16’
      BLANCO SOBRE BLANCO Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 2014 11’
      MICHAEL'S ZUKUNFTSGARTENMUSIC Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 2014 10’
      MEJOR MORIR EN LA SELVA Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Octophonic (8 channels)) 2016 13’
      59 BIRDS & 1 PASSENGER Electroacoustic sounds -fixed media - Stereo (2 channels)) 2020 1’

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