La selva de los relojes
(Federico Garcia Lorca)
Instrumentation: mezzo soprano, cello, piano
Duration: 21 minutes
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On a late summer visit to Cape Cod, while on the prerequisite visit to the Yellow Umbrella bookstore in Chatham, I found a volume of Federico Garcia Lorca’s collected poetry, with the intent of eventually finding some poems to set to music. Months went by and I never quite got to it – but after connecting with the Alenza Trio on Facebook, I turned back to these poems and selected his suite “La selva de los relojes.” The fact that the poet thought of these poems as musical suites informed the music, as I attempted to connect all of the songs through key relationships and make them each like a distinct, imaginary dance. Of course, the ‘relojes’ tick-tock throughout the songs. The music, like the poems, is filled with clocks and stars and spiders and butterflies.
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