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Aztec is Delia's name[1] for a series of pieces she created for a 1969 episode of the BBC series Chronicle entitled "The Realms of Gold" written and introduced by John Julius Norwich and produced/directed by Kenneth Shepheard.[2]

It often happens that my music is used without my knowledge. [...] a few years ago I heard my music on The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy. I wrote to the Producer who said 'Yeah, it's called Dreaming'. I've never done anything called that. They had picked out a piece which I wrote for a programme about the Aztec and Mayan civilisations. They put a new title on it and used it behind Peter Jones' voice.[3]

Delia started work in October 1968[4] and the programme was broadcast on 8th February 1969.

Credits

The end credits include:

  • Electronic Music by Delia Derbyshire, Radiophonic Workshop

Track list

No  Seconds What
--  ------- ----
01  000.00-020.00  Chronicle Title Theme
02  141.37-240.59  Mayan architecture
03  481.62-527.42  The Aztec Empire
04  572.49-633.42  Aztec Culture at Tenochtitlan
05  674.57-718.95  Human Sacrifice and Aztec Gods
06  764.08-804.52  Portents of Doom
07 1035.50-1048.09 Running Red with Human Blood
08 1419.51-1453.33 Between Two Great Volcanoes
09 1833.28-1879.23 Five human hearts, still warm and steaming
10 1901.82-1925.64 Skull racks
11 2010.00-2050.15 Exquisite featherwork
12 2083.33-2117.78 The Smoking Mirror
13 2330.48-2359.48 La Noche Triste
14 2580.81-2707.69 The Final Assault, Impaled heads and the Defeat of the Aztecs
15 2745.11-2782.93 The Fall of Tenochtitlan
16 2887.28-2910.12 What Remains is Regret
  • 01. Chronicle Title Theme
  • 02. Mayan architecture
  • 03. The Aztec Empire
  • 04. Aztec Culture at Tenochtitlan
  • 05. Human Sacrifice and Aztec Gods
  • 06. Portents of Doom
  • 07. Running Red with Human Blood
  • 08. Between Two Great Volcanoes
  • 09. Five human hearts, still warm and steaming
  • 10. Skull racks
  • 11. Exquisite featherwork
  • 12. The Smoking Mirror
  • 13. La Noche Triste
  • 14. The Final Assault, Impaled heads and the Defeat of the Aztecs
  • 15. The Fall of Tenochtitlan
  • 16. What Remains is Regret

Availability

  • Broadcast on the 8th February 1969.[2]
  • In the BBC Sound Archive on tape TRW 6955: "Cortez and the Conquest of Mexico"[4]
  • The episode is included as an extra on Doctor Who: The Aztecs Special Edition DVD, available at bbcshop.com
  • The episode is also available as a torrent

References

  1. DD120055: Score fragment "Aztec"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Realms of Gold on imdb.com
  3. Delia in the Soundhouse interview.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6955.