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  • Anti-MatikSolo/duo for bajoncillo and (female) body
  • Melodie Michel (bio)

Notes about the Instrument

The bajoncillo is a smaller version of the bajón, an ancestor of the bassoon. The bajoncillo was in use during the seventeenth century in the Iberian Peninsula and countries of Iberian influence, namely, Latin America. It was played in cathedrals and in liturgical and paraliturgical Catholic processions, which sometimes included precolonial elements. This instrument is thus emblematic of the hegemonic power of the Spanish and Portuguese overseas and of their efforts to impose their culture on indigenous populations. The bajoncillo, however, can also be seen as an instrument of acculturation, integration, and subversive appropriation by indigenous populations. For this reason, it may also be used as an instrument of resistance and creativity for gendered bodies.

Notes for Performance

The musical elements marked with letters are repetitive formulas, with accentuation on the last note of the legato sign.

The musical elements with numbers are skeleton frames for improvisation.

The drawings represent the body placement for the execution of each of the letters parts, in a static position.

The numbers parts should be executed during the movement from one position to the next.

The numbers in the figures are associated with hand positions on the instrument:

  1. 1. Bajoncillo down right: left hand above and right hand below (normal position) [End Page 101]

  2. 2. Bajoncillo down left: right hand above and left hand below

  3. 3. Bajoncillo up left: left hand above and right hand below, hand in inverted position

  4. 4. Bajoncillo up right: right hand above and left hand below, hand in inverted position

  5. 5. Bajoncillo horizontal right: left hand normal and right hand inverted position

The three different narrative lines (letters, numbers, body movements) represent the negotiation between the struggle under physical constraints and the development of an inner musical expression. [End Page 102]


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Fig 1.

Position 4 (letter H), photograph © Kabil Zerouali, used with permission.

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Fig 2.

Position 5 (letter I), photograph © Kabil Zerouali, used with permission.

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Fig 3.

Position 2 (letter G), photograph © Kabil Zerouali, used with permission.

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Melodie Michel

melodie michel is a bassoon player from Paris with degrees in performance from Switzerland and Catalonia. She specializes in Early Music and has been exploring the world of historical bassoons through both performance and pedagogy. In 2014–15 she visited fourteen countries on four continents to become familiar with different musical traditions. Currently, she is a researcher and graduate student at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she extends her activities to composition. In addition, Melodie conducts scenic experiments under her artistic name, Melodie Around the World.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-0612
Print ISSN
1090-7505
Pages
pp. 101-107
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-17
Open Access
No
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