Sombra para mis Gritos
for two guitars, op. 62
2nd work in honor of Federico García Lorca
Commissioned by: ChromaDuo
Written: September, 2011
Duration: 6:40 minutes; 5 pages
Instrumentation: two guitars
Difficulty level: complex ensemble passages
Preview: a sample PDF of Sombra para mis gritos
This playlist includes several works from the collection “For Federico”
Sombra para mis Gritos [Shadow for my Cries] is from Federico Garcia Lorca’s poem Epitafio a un Pájaro.
Tonight I beg of you
water for my eyes,
shadow for my cries!
I have laid the singer
down upon a great chrysanthemum
and I write her epitaph.
After their performance at Festival 21 (a new music Festival in Boston which I organized), ChromaDuo expressed interest in having me write a piece for their next CD. I felt that musical ideas from a recent work, Epitafio a un Pájaro, were not yet spent. I wrote Epitafio early in 2011 in memory of a friend. It was ALSO the 75th anniversary of Lorca’s untimely death at the hands of fascists on a murderous romp at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, 1936. The scoring for that piece is for two guitars, flute and voice so I borrowed textures, turned themes upside down and followed the new forms to create Sombra. When work on this piece wound to its close, I felt unfinished still, and so La Perla del Pico was next. The entire set includes: Epitafio a un Pájaro; Sombra para mis Gritos; La Perla del Pico; De la Muerte Oscura, and finally Un Establo de Oro.