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Canción de Invierno

for SSAATB choir

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton


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When I was approached by Christine Argyle, the conductor of Nota Bene choir, for a work for the choir’s 10th anniversary, one of the themes suggested was that of music. I came across this poem by Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez in an English translation, and was struck by the recurring references to singing. On finding the original Spanish language version, the constant use of the word 'cantan' seemed ideally suited to a choral sound. Canción de Invierno ('Winter Song') creates a trilogy of Jiménez choral settings from 2014, following on from The Bridge of Love and Luz Última.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Nota Bene choir, Wellington

Difficulty note

Suitable for community choirs

Dedication note

Dedicated to Nota Bene choir, and its retiring director, Christine Argyle

Text note

Text by Juan Ramon Jiménez