THE SPANISH SONGS

for soprano, bassoon and chamber orchestra

Duration:

11 minutes
 

Instrumentation:   

soprano solo, bassoon solo, 2 clarinets, percussion (1) harp, celesta and strings

Year Composed:  

1998

 

Poems By:

Antonio Machado

Poems Included:

1. Yo voy soñando caminos
2. ¿Mi corazón se ha dormido?

 

Language:

Spanish

Written For:

Monica Garcia

Premiere Performance:

1998

Boston, USA

Monica Garcia, soprano

Minako Taguchi, bassoon

students from the New England Conservatory

Lior Navok, conductor

Program Notes:

When I first heard soprano Monica Garcia’s singing, I was determined to compose a new work for her. Simultaneously, I was bothered by the decrease of music written for the Bassoon during the 20th century and it was important for me to make my small contribution by writing a Bassoon Concerto. Somehow, these two intentions met together in “The Spanish Songs.” While looking for poems, I had in mind few criterion such as specific subject, mood, and length. It was also important that one of the poems will start as a question. After eight months of searching, I found Antonio Machado’s poems. The score calls for soprano and bassoon, two clarinets, harp, celesta, percussion and strings. Poems and specific performers help the composer decide on that musical direction or another. Here, I decided to take a more traditional path, adding my view of Spanish music.

 
 

Soprano and Orchestra | Soprano and chamber orchestra | Spanish poems

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