Download Three Spanish Songs: For Soprano and Wind Ensemble, Conductor Score & Parts (Donald Hunsberger Wind Library) epub
by Matthew Tommasini
This cycle is a setting of three contrasting poems by Latin-American poets Leopoldo Lugones, Rube n Dari o and Jose Marti . "Olas Grises" uses evocative rain and sea imagery to meditate on the nature of life and death. Set as a lyrical, quasi-strophic song, these images are portrayed through the opening percussion raindrop motive and the moaning vocal line used throughout the movement. "Nocturno" is a frantic soliloquy set as an extended opera scene. The piano and percussion accompany the soprano in the opening recitative which is followed by a surreal aria accompanied by the rest of the ensemble. This is followed by a re-statement of both sections. "Suen o DespiertoÂ" is a short poem about the contrasting images of a waking dream. Based on a fragment of the lullaby "Nanita Nana," heard in its entirety at the opening, the song is a set of three variations, followed by a coda, which portray these various images. Three Spanish Songs was commissioned by Michael Haithcock and the University of Michigan Symphony Band. The recital/rehearsal version of this piece is item number 29638PV ($35).
Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. (November 1, 2008)
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