Gabriela Lena Frank: Iberian Songs

Sop, 2vn, va, vc,

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  • Composer
    Gabriela Lena Frank
  • Publisher
    G Schirmer Inc
  • Format
    Score and Parts
  • Genre
    20th Century


For soprano and string quartet.

Composer note:
Iberian Songs, for soprano and string quartet, finds its voice in several existing publications of the poetry of Spanish "deep song," a primary source of lyrics for modern-day flamenco. Largely anonymous, these short, almost haiku-like, poems are intensely emotional with an affinity for certain recurring themes such as romantic attraction, the seeking of vengeance for the death of a loved one, and persecution from the authorities. I was struck by how often several poems could be edited and stitched together beautifully into a larger poem; and I used my edited texts (and my own translations) as the basis of Iberian Songs. In the first song, "Olives," a woman describes, with frustration and lyricism both, how her passion for a would-be-paramour is unfulfilled. The second song, "Children," describes a mother's particularly grim situation that arises between her son and daughter.

— Gabriela Lena Frank

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