El Canto (guitar)
for mezzo-soprano, baritone and guitar, op. 35b
PARTS INCLUDED; lute/vihuela version also available
lyrics: poem by Mexican artist Jaime Goded
Duration: 4:20 minutes; 8 pages
Instrumentation: mezzo-soprano, baritone and guitar
Difficulty level: Moderate ensemble parts; 3rd string = F#; 10-string guitar optional
World premiere: August 5, 2005 at the International Guitar Festival, Arequipa Peru, by Duo LiveOak
Preview: a sample PDF of El canto
Elizabeth Merrill, mezzo; Christian Waugh, baritone; Jeremy Lyons, guitar in recital at Peabody Conservatory in Griswold Hall on Sept. 22, 2012
We met Jaime Goded through his art in San Miguel in the summer of 2001 while there on vacation. Jaime has a beautiful studio on the plaza where we met his wife, Evelyn, and gave her a CD in admiration of Jaime’s work. The next day she returned with this poem, hand-written, as a gift to us. I wrote the song four years later for the Arequipa Guitar Festival, where Duo LiveOak debuted it.
Copyright ©2003 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
All rights reserved.
Ocurre la forma del azul
con la mirada
que marca el paso
y pretende proseguir y se detiene;
las manos y su fuerza musical
escuchando de la boca
Inicia el canto.
Empieza la musica.
El dibujo es la poesía dispuesta
y la escultura organiza la danza.
Inicia el canto
que no acaba.
Marzo de 1999
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
The shape of blue emerges
with the glance
that marks the approach
and it pretends to follow
but it holds back;
and its musical strength
listening to the mouth’s
The singing begins.
The music commences.
Drawing is poetry willing
organizes the dance.
The song begins
that never ends.
translation: Nancy Knowles