for mezzo-sprano and string orchestra

Composition Date: 2010
Duration: 00:17:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With String Orchestra (With or Without Keyboard)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
  • 1 x String orchestra
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano ( Solo )
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
Programme Note:
Cantares ("Singings") is based on 16 traditional songs from Spain, mostly from Castile. There are religious songs, love songs, social songs and a lullaby. The songs are presented as close as possible to the source. Contrary to usual arrangements, the melodies are not harmonized or embellished with counterpoint. Nor are they formally developped. The instruments provide an accompaniment by ornamenting the melody or playing drones and sometimes, ostinati. I have already applied this way of treating traditional songs in other compositions. My idea is that there are still ways of presenting traditional material without imposing a harmonic language. Most of songs are probably fairly old and present modal features that may be difficult to reconcile with the tonal language. Some songs use microtonal tunings. My arrangements are monodic and I often use heterophonic techniques inspired on traditional musics of world cultures.



  • Call Number:
  • MV 1600 E92ca
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With String Orchestra (With or Without Keyboard)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 29, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (vi, 40 p.) ;
    46 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
    Parts page count: 56
    6 parties (iii, 3 p., iiii, 4 p., iii, 4 p. , iii, 4 p., iiii, 3 p., iiii, 2 p.)
    56 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: Spanish
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour mezzo-soprano et orchestre à cordes (66442) ou quintette à cordes.
    EN: For Mezzo-soprano and string orchestra (66442) or string quintet.
    16 mouvements: I. Charrada -- II. Cantaor que tan bien cantas -- III. Paloma blanca -- IV. Esta noche ha llovido -- V. La cadena del amor -- VI. Cançò de bres -- VII. Ya se van los quintos, madre -- VIII. Ludivina (Salamanca) -- IX. Estrellita -- X. Ximbomba de Manacor -- XI. Que vengo enamorado -- XII. El piojo y la pulga -- XIII. Dime, cariño mío -- XIV. El clavel que tú me diste -- XV. Los siete Sacramentos -- XIV. Debajo de tu ventana.
    Déposée au CMC Québec
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