In Dominican folklore, the ‘galipote’ is a violent and cruel magical creature that causes havoc by frightening and stopping people traveling in the night. It has the ability to transform itself into either animals (e.g. dogs, birds) or inanimate objects (e.g. trees, stones).
Galipote, for violoncello duet, captures the violent and deceitful character of the source. Violoncello II, muted throughout most of the work, acts as an echo, varying the melodic material that is presented by violoncello I. As the piece progresses, the line between echo and counter-melody gets blurred until the music reaches a violent peak.