Sellección de Bailes Incas

This is a medley of folk dances of the Quechua people of the Andes - the descendants of the ancient Incan empire in South America. The MIDI sequence is based on the melodies found on a recording by the grupo Los Koyas, a collection of virtuosi who recorded three albums for the French label Barclay in the 1960s and 1970s. This song is found on volume 2, "El Condor Pasa" (Barclay 920.201) of the series, "Au Son de la Flûte Indienne". If anybody knows whether these guys are still performing, please let me know ... I hope they survived the Pinochet coup!

The medley consists of:

A word on the instruments: the MIDI sequence uses standard GM patches as close approximations of traditional instruments. The kena is a whistle-flute, sort of like a recorder, but made of clay or bone. The charango is a mandolin-like instrument with steel strings and a sound-box made of armadillo shell. The siku is a pentatonic-tuned panpipe, so here two are used (sounding left and right in the stereo spread) to get a scale that permits modulation. The folk harp is steel-strung, so I decided to use the steel-string guitar patch rather than the GM harp, which is usually sampled from the nylon/gut strung orchestral harp. The tarka is a large wood flute.

This sequence uses an expanded pitch bend range, so be sure to hit that "RESET" button if you don't play it all the way through.

click for MIDI reset