El monte y el rio

Alastair Greig (Composer)

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A setting of Pablo Neruda's "The mountain and the river" (from the set "The captain's Verses") for solo soprano, harp and orchestra. The first performance took place in Warsaw, Poland in November 2015 at the Lutoslawski Concert Hall. The work was awarded a prize at the Serocki International Composers' Competition 2015.
The compositional problems to solve were ones of balance, in terms of orchestral forces against a solo voice, the melodic and structural use of the harp (aural signposts) and clarity of expression inherent within the text (set in Spanish). The section for orchestra alone, bars 99-122, uses a topographical map of a region of Chile (a river flowing through a mountain range) as a structural tool, a compositional "map" to create an ebb and flow (rhythm-harmonic and melodic) which propels the music forward. The aleatoric section that follows soon after highlights individual instruments, voices, seeking a means of expression dream from the text itself/
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherComposers Edition
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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