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Three Spanish Songs

for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra

Year:  2017 Instrumentation:  2*2*2*2*; 2000; hp; strings

Year:  2017
Instrumentation  2*2*2*2*; 2000; hp; strings

Composer:   Andrew Perkins

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These three Spanish songs were written at the request of mezzo-soprano Vivien Dickson. Origiannly written for mezzo and string quartet during 2015, the composer created the orchestral version in 2017 which utilises delicate timbral ccombinations and aspects of orchestral pointillism. The three poems were written by the composer in English during a visit to England during 1989 - 91, and were translated into Spanish by the famous vocal teacher and accompanist, Andrea Katz. The three poems Luna (Moon), Violetas azules (Blue Violets), and En el rio Stour (On The River Stour) each deal with separate aspects of human life utilising imagery from nature: Luna is about accepting and finding peace in solitude; Violetas azules deals with the human conditions of pride, vanity, and of momento mori; En el rio Stour explores acceptance of adversity and, in dealing with it and then letting go, eventual peace.

Contents note

I. Luna
II. Violetas azules
III. En el rio Stour

Text note

Text by Andrew Perkins, translated by Andrea Katz