As Water bears Salt Michael WHITICKER (b. 19s4)
The text for the three pieces which make up As Water bears Salt are taken
freely from Yerma, Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba, the
three tragic plays of Frederico Garçia Lorca. Lorca, the Spanish writer who is today
recognised as possibly the foremost poetic dramatist of this century, was murdered
at the age of thirty-six in July, 1936 while the Falangists were occupying Lorca's
native Granada during the Spanish Civil War.
As Water bears Salt, a work which I began in 1980 and completed early in
1989, received its first performance in June 1989 with the Sydney University Choir
conducted by Nicholas Routley. The version performed by The Song Company this
evening is a reduction of a twenty-voice work to one for six voices.
As Water bears Salt is dedicated to the artistic vision of David Wansbrough. M.W.