Paca la Roseta
by Frank A. Wallace
from music for Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, for ten-string guitar
Preview: a sample PDF of Paca la Roseta
Duration: 2:45 3 pages
Instrumentation: 10-string guitar
Difficulty level: high
Commissioned by: Emerson College Drama Department for their production of the play The House of Bernarda Alba, Sunil Swaroop, director
World premiere: Duo LiveOak, St. Joseph Guitar Festival, May 22, 2010
Recording: on The Great Deep by Duo LiveOak on Gyre, 2010.
Copyright ©2010 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
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House of Bernarda Alba
I wrote Ovejita and Paca la Roseta to be performed with the entire play The House of Bernarda Alba at Emerson College in April of 2010. The music was commissioned by the College and the play’s director and adapter Sunil Swaroop and his assistant Zac Baker-Salmon. It was my first music for a staged production. The full version of both pieces were not debuted until Duo LiveOak’s performance at the 2010 St. Joseph Guitar Festival in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Ovejita, “The little lamb,” is the only actual song from the play, sung by grandmother Maria Josefa who is considered senile, but truly she is the wise fool in Lorca’s conception. She describes a haven on the beach where she and the lamb she carries, claiming to have given it birth, will find peace. Paca la Roseta is an incidental character, a lascivious young woman who is carried off on horseback, willing and bare-breasted, by the virile young men of the town. That being a stark contrast to the cloistered lives of Bernarda’s five adult daughters.
“He understands that the guitar is itself one or more dramatic characters, sometimes adding characterization to the vocalist, at other times confronting her with fresh ideas to reflect upon. Even when there is no human voice_as in the purely guitar composition “Paca la Roseta”…the guitar seems to sing. The piece is rhythmic and driven, yet also lyrical and reflective.”