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Sonetos del amor oscuro : Sonnets of dark love

by Rosalind Page (2004)

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Performance by Halcyon, Roland Peelman from the CD Cool black

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Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Soprano, percussion (2 players), lute/baroque guitar/theorbo, double bass, soundtrack.

Duration: 25 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. El poeta habla por teléfono con el amor -- 2. Noche del amor insomne -- 3. Soneto de la guirnalda de rosas -- 4. Llagas de amor -- 5. 5. El poeta pide a su amor que le escriba.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Alison Morgan

Commission note: Commissioned by Halcyon.

Texts in Spanish by Federico García Lorca.

Winner 2006 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2006 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize Winner Rosalind Page

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Performances of this work

22 Aug 2015: at Chiaroscuro (Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Jane Sheldon, Zubin Kanga.

28 Jul 2010: at Chronology Arts: Jane Sheldon, soprano (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Jane Sheldon, Zubin Kanga.

23 Oct 04: Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Halcyon.

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 22 July, 2013

The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
Romantic and strange. This piece does a beautiful job of placing us in the rather surreal landscape of Lorca in love.
Jane Sheldon
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darkness, Sonetos del amor oscuro (Sonnets of Dark Love) is Page's setting of sonnets that remained largely unknown and unpublished for 50 years.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.
Alison Morgan