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Three Lorca songs : for soprano, violin, cello and piano

by Paul Stanhope (2016)

Work Overview

I have, for a long time, been attracted to the poetry of Federico García Lorca. The richness of imagery, even when translated from Spanish into English, retains its startling colours that sparkle and leap off the page. Lorca's love of music and ability to capture musicality within poetry made the setting of these texts a real joy. The set began with a commission from the Adelaide-based Benaud Trio and was completed in 2016 with the addition of a new first song Song for the Moon commissioned especially for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville where the complete set was first performed.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Soprano, violin, cello, piano.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Highly detailed rhythmic relationships; professional or tertiary education standard

Contents note: 1. Song for the Moon -- 2. Madrigals -- 3. Song of the Seven Maidens.

Commission note: Commissioned by: Benaud Trio (movements 2 & 3); Juliet Tootel (movement 1)

First performance: by Valda Wilson, Indira Koch, Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt, Timothy Young at Governor's Gala - The Surprise! (Townsville Civic Theatre) on 30 Jul 2016

Text by Frederico García Lorca. English version by Natalie Shea & Paul Stanhope.

Performances of this work

30 Jul 2016: at Governor's Gala - The Surprise! (Townsville Civic Theatre). Featuring Valda Wilson, Indira Koch, Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt, Timothy Young.

Aug 12: Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Greta Bradman, Benaud Trio.

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