Misa Azteca

A Modern, Symphonic Oratorio


2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets in Bb and A
2 Bassoons

4 Horns
2 Trumpets in C
2 Trombones
Bass Trombone

Timpani (4 )
Percussion (5 total players)
Orchestral Percussion
Triangle, Tambourine, Crash Cymbals, Suspended Cymbal, Tam-Tam, Bass Drum, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphones, Tubular Bells.
Ethnic Percussion**
Sonaja, Chachayotes, Teponatzli, Huehuetl, Ambient Nature Sounds

1 Soprano Solo (Full Lyric)
1 Mezzo Soprano Solo
1 Tenor Solo (Lyric)

SATB Choir

1 Harp
1 Piano
1 Classical Guitar


**Notes on non-standard orchestral percussion:

Sonaja – a shaker used in performance by Aztec Dancers. This may be substituted with a medium size shaker.
Chachayotes – a large seed pod shaker, customarily worn on the ankle of the Huehuetle player. This may be substituted with a large shaker.
Teponaztli - a horizontal slit log drum with two pitches. This may be substituted with an African slit log drum.
Huehuetl - a medium-sized standing wood drum. Use heavy sticks to play the drum and the wooden sides of the drum (indicated by “side stick”). This may be substituted with a conga drum.
Ambient Nature Sounds – bird whistles, rain stick, crickets, bird sounding percussion and any other devices that sound like nature.