Piano Study n.15 : “Yemoja” by Paulo Bottas


Yemoja, in Yoruba language, is the name of the goddess of the oceans.

Paulo wrote this music in 2013 after having travelled to the most beautiful beach he had ever seen in his life, Boipeba, Bahia state’s coast of Brazil. Its deserted beaches, kilometers of deserted white sand , giving more beauty to the Atlantic sea, were really idyllic.
His piece is emulating the waves sent by Yemoja. The composer wanted to reconstruct the movement of the waves by the melodic line, however, sought a resonant harmony, creating an indefinite resolution effect. At one point, the internal melodies overlaps the main voice, as if a wave rode over the other. The mode change gives drama to the music, warning that the sea water is uncertain and treacherous. In the end, after an ascending and descending scale, the wave explodes on the sand beach and retracts again to the sea.
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