A walk in the score
…digging a bit deeper
A Mass of Life is based upon Also sprach Zarathustra, discovered by Delius on a trip to Norway: is a purely humanistic liturgy.
Siete canciones populares españolas, by Manuel de Falla, is one of the most popular cycles of folk-songs in music history. Originally written for piano and voice, there are transcriptions for voice and guitar, cello and piano and two versions for orchestra.
Heart breaking and passionate to the bones, Polo concludes the cycle of De Falla “Siete canciones populares españolas” with a lover screaming his head off.
Second to last of the De Falla “Siete canciones populares españolas”, Canción is apparently cheerful, but an underlying anger accompanies the whole piece.
An Andalusian lullaby, Nana is gloomy, sad, soothing and cradling, all in two pages of pure beauty as part of De Falla “Siete canciones populares españolas”
Wrapped in the upbeat rhythm of one of the most popular dances of Spain, in De Falla’s hands Jota is a tale of secret love and melancholic farewell.
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