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Sueño sobre un jaleo : for orchestra and four female voices

by Paul Sarcich (2019)

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Work Overview

A musical love-letter to Spain, the piece uses 4 female voices embedded in the orchestra, who sing the texts of flamenco songs. The work opens and closes with a "dreamscape" recalling fragments of well-known Spanish or Spanish-flavoured pieces. Various Spanish music styles appear in the piece: solea, bulerias, jota, saeta etc. Clapping and stamping from singers and percussionists also feature, as the work is based around the "jaleo", the non-singing non-guitar playing performers in flamenco.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: 4 female voices, piccolo (doubling flute), 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais in F, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat (doubling clarinet), 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (glockenspiel, xylophone, chimes, side drum, tenor drum, bass drum, bongos, tambourine, castanets, whip, finger cymbals, tamtam; suspended sizzle and chinese cymbals), harp, strings.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Text from the book Cantes Flamencos published in 2012 by Shearsman Books, UK.

Related works by the composer: Conciones Imaginarias (song)


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