This work, written in January of 1983, is a free musical adaptation of an Indian legend from central Argentina (province of Santiago del Estero). The legend tries to explain mythically the scream of a night bird of the forest that sounds like “Ká-kuy!” and seems to be calling for someone.

It tells the story of two brothers that lived near the forest long time ago.

He was hard-working, good-humored, and each day returned home with gifts and flowers.

She was and idler an unthankful being, always in bad temper and grumbling to his brother.

When the situation become unbearable, the brother decided to take vengeance.

He convinced the sister to go the forest with him, and there they climbed the highest tree, looking for honey.

When they were high on the top, suddenly he rushed down, cutting most of the branches so that she would not be unable to follow him.

Night came and she was afraid and cold. She started to cry. From her arms begun to emerge silky plumage and her feet were transformed into claws.

She called her brother (“turay, turay” in quechua language) but he had disappeared into the wilderness.

Another version of the story (according to historian Bernardo  Canal Feijóo) tells that in the original narration the brother tried to force his sister into love making, and when she did not accept, the brother abandoned her in the forest. I certainly believe this version more truthful that the mytho-poetic one.

”The Legend of the Kakuy” Symphonic Poem for Sextet.

I divided the work in 7 movements, each describing an aspect either of the inner conflict of the characters or the physical action taking place between them.

First movement: THE SISTER

For flute and piano only. The flute describes the rages of anger of the sister and the ill-treatment of her brother.

Second movement: THE BROTHER

Trombone and strings. The trombone goes through a series of effects that show the good nature of the brother, ending with what I call “The horses laugh” and old jazzy sound made up of upward and downward fast glissandi.


With this Dostoievskian name I quote the historian Bernardo Canal Feijóo in his version of the attempted rape.

Fourth movement. THE WAITING

After the war-like previous movement I needed a moment of immobility and expectation.

Fifth movement: ALONE

Very calm, no physical connection, just loneliness.

Sisth movement: THE CHASE

Now the Brother, who wants vengeance, carries his sister like a phantom through the forest. Finally he drags her to the very top of the highest tree of the forest, and leaps down leaving her helplessly alone. We are at the climax of the work (named “Grandioso” in the score)  The screams of fear and pain of the sister are imitated in the high tessitura of the clarinet.

Seventh movement: THE TRANSFORMATION

The music becomes impressionistic and with a strange and hypnotic mood.  The cello plays a very low note, out of the register of the instruments, by untuning the c string. The trombone plays short staccato notes like the sounds of  sobs and crying, and the viola starts a rising melodious scale that goes up to the highest possible register, ending the work in a state of other-worldliness.

Notes by  Osias Wilenski


The Legend of the Kakuy
Tapestry East/Ovidiu Marinescu, Conductor
Kimberly Trolier, flute and piccolo; Julia Heinen, bass clarinet and clarinet
Matthew Vaughn, trombone; David Pasbrig, piano
Sylvia Ahramjian, viola; Michal Schimdt, cello

Recorded January 13, 2012 at Rose Recital Hall in Philadelphia PA
Session Producer Andy Happel
Session Engineer Eugene Lew

Sonata for solo Violin
Vit Mužík, violin

Recorded September 23, 2011 at Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech republic
Session Producer Richard Mlynář
Session Engineer Zdeněk Slavotinek

Hommage to B.B for solo Clarinet
Jaume Sanchis Carretero, clarinet

Solo for solo Bassoon
Bernardo Verde, bassoon

Improvviso for solo Piano
Osias Wilenski, piano

Recorded 2009-2011 at Transvanguard studios in Barcelona, Spain
Sessions Engineer Raúl Cuevas

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