Mictlantecuhtli (2008) (5:00) for Viola and Trombone. Copyright © Mihai Popean, 2006. All Rights Reserved.

Mihai Popean. Mictlantecuhtli (2008) (8:00); three moments for Viola and Trombone.

Program notes

According to Aztec legends, the twin gods Quetzalcoatl and Xolotl were sent by the other gods to steal the bones of the previous generation of gods from Mictlanteculhtli. The god of the underworld sought to block Quetzalcoatl’s escape with the bones and, although he failed, he forced Quetzalcoatl to drop the bones, which were scattered and broken by the fall.  The shattered bones were collected by Quetzalcoatl and carried back to the land of the living, where the gods transformed them into the various races of mortals.

  1. Quetzalcoatl and Xolotl
  2. Mictlantecuhtli
  3. Ancients’ Bones


Universitatea de Stat Bowling Green, Ohio, SUA. Trombone: Alexandru Moraru. Viola, Mihai World premiere, April 2008.