• 3(pic).3+ca.2+bcl.2+cbn/4.3.2+btbn.1/timp.3perc/hp/str
  • 11 min

Programme Note

Composer note:
Mestengo is an old Spanish word, no longer in use, meaning stray, homeless or wild. When horses brought to North America by the Spaniards four centuries ago escaped into the wilderness, they were often called mestengo, but in fact they were returning to their ancestral home, having originated there many ages ago when the continents were still connected. This orchestral work, then, was catalyzed by the image of horses in the wild, and by the ideas their history represents to me: reviving an ancient, elemental memory and breaking from captivity to search out and reclaim one's natural state.

— Daniel Strong Godfrey