January 17, 2014 @ 12:30 am – 2:30 am
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
CCO presents El Cimarrón @ Symphony Space | New York | New York | United States

El Cimarrón (The Runaway Slave) is a composition by the German composer Hans Werner Henze, written when the composer lived in Cuba in 1969-1970. It is subtitled Biography of the Runaway Slave Esteban Montejo, and is based around the autobiographical passages recounted by Montejo to Miguel Barnet in 1963.

The work involves four musicians. They consist of a baritone who portrays El Cimarrón himself, a guitarist, a flutist and a percussionist, although all four musicians play percussion instruments during the work. The flutist also plays the Japanese ryuteki and the Italian scacciapensieri, as well as the four conventional orchestral flutes. El Cimarrón received its premiere at the 1970 Berlin Festival. As far as is known, this performance represents only the second time it has been performed in New York City.