Uncharted (Soldier's Tale Ensemble)
Uncharted is a work that reflects on great discoveries throughout time. Many things that are now commonplace were once unknown and had to be brought to light. I was particularly interested by the great discoveries of explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. Through an expedition to the East Indies, after the famous Christopher Columbus discovery, Magellan became the first to circumnavigate the globe. On his Unchartedjourney he found passage through the southern tip of South America and eventually made it to the Philippine Archipelago. Encounters with natives and uncharted lands eventually lead to the colonization of the Americas.
By using "exotic" (less traditional) scales this piece creates a mood of far off mysticism. Weaving themes and rhythmic motives present flashes of the barbaric. In the end, we are left to ponder the distant calls of a native's primitive instrument.