Luna over Miraflores : for piano
by Daniel Rojas (2008)
Also known as: Moon over Miraflores ; Luna sobre Miraflores
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An introspective diary entry:
I seldom climb up to the rooftop of the three-story building where I reside in an affluent suburb in Lima: Miraflores. Here I can observe the containers of life that surround my own. I see endless grey rooftops that do not look quite as lovely as the walls beneath them when I walked the streets during the day. From up here I cannot see the boulevards or the people walking aimfully along and across the frustrated evening traffic; but the noise reminds me of what I've seen before. My attention moves above, a direction often forgotten for it is easier to look down and around; I am surprised that there is more light at street level than there is coming from above. I searched for the lesser light; an angry tearless cloud eclipses the moon. There is no moon, a new moon, and if there was one an overcast heaven has engulfed it. For everything under the sun there is a season. But the sun shines on an opposite shore and I don't even know what season it is. Is it the season for loss? Or for heart-break? Perhaps for reaping a wealth of curses I planted with the joy of the knowledge they were blessings. I sow so much good in other people's lives, why does it reap weeds when I revisit my labour?
Perhaps I've been up here too long and I'm reminded as to why I seldom take the effort to climb up so high. I slowly and thoughtfully descend to my sleeping chamber on the ground floor and sing a lullaby to myself as my eyes close and a tear fearfully departs to meet the smile on my lips. Sometimes it is hard to sleep amidst noisy memories of recent and of old; and it can be hard to breath through blocked dusty hallways where no breeze has flowed since the day I sang the first song. Right now I feel alone. I just manage to hold on to the little hope that the moon is there because in some slight measure, some light seeps through the clouds that swallow the massive heavenly body. The moon was there, I remember it took light from the Sun while I was mindfully stepping across a different boulevard twice. I just have to move towards it and when finally I sleep I will awake to find where it came from.
Duration: 4 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Medium to advancing student (Grade 6-8). Particularly useful for developing pedalling, chords, legato and an appreciation of non-Western influences in classical music.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Zubin Kanga
Written for: Zubin Kanga
The composer notes the following influences/genres associated with this work:
Peruvian/Bolivian Andean music. Slow wayno (also spelt huayno), which is typically a fast and lively dance in simple duple meter.
- Influenced by: Latin-American music
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