Sonetos del amor oscuro : Sonnets of dark love
by Rosalind Page (2004)
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Instrumentation: Soprano, percussion (2 players), lute, baroque guitar, theorbo, double bass, soundtrack
Duration: 25 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Halcyon.
Texts in Spanish by Federico García Lorca.
Winner 2006 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize.
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|2006||Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize||Winner||Rosalind Page|
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Romantic and strange. This piece does a beautiful job of placing us in the rather surreal landscape of Lorca in love.
Described as a journey of love's soul from light to darkness, Sonetos del amor oscuro (Sonnets of Dark Love) is Page's setting of sonnets that remained largely unknown and unpublished for 50 years. It is a mature and deeply soulful cycle, demanding great stamina and breadth of emotional expression. Tension builds throughout the piece until the final movement where the singer must unleash everything emotionally, yet end on a sustained lamenting high note. A work of extremes, from sensual radiance to despair in both the musical landscape and the vocal line itself.