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La trayectoria de la sombra (2013 - 2014)

Recitation, english horn soloist, electronic & orchestra. Poetic texts by Pilar Martín Gila.



Instrumentation: recit | e.hrn | 3[1.picc].3[3.cl.b].2.3[3.cfg] | 4.3.3.1. | 4 perc | harp | piano | 12.12.10.8.6 | electronics [4 chn.]
Text: Poetry book Otro año del mundo (La Palma, col. EME, 2014) by Pilar Martín Gila.
Data: 2013-2014
Duration: 23'52"
Commision: Spanish National Youth Orchestra/Fundación Autor/AEOS.
World premiere: XLII Ciclo de Grandes Autores e Intérpretes de la Música UAM, Zaragoza Auditorium, Mozart Concert hall, Zaragoza, 01/10/2015.
Susi Sánchez (actress), Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), José Ramón Encinar (cond.), LIEM-CTE (electronics).
Other performances: XLII Ciclo de Grandes Autores e Intérpretes de la Música UAM, National Auditorium of Music, Symphonic Hall, Madrid, 01/12/2017. Susi Sánchez (actress), Spanish National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), José Ramón Encinar (cond.), LIEM-CTE (electronics).
Score: Unión Musical Editores (Music Sales) [rental work]
Recording: Zaragoza Auditorium.
Comment: La trayectoria de la sombra is an interdisciplinary work, an investigation involving poetic expression and music in a context in which also visual elements -the scene- become relevant.

Light and its absence, the shadows, the never arriving day, are key aspects of this work written for recital performance, soloist cor anglais and electronics. Four poems by Pilar Martín Gila, of her book Otro año del mundo (Ediciones La Palma, col. EME, 2014), serve as the unifying poetic force of the musical work.

The musical discourse is based on the impossibility of finding light. A continuous dawn, the day that never comes suggested by the poetic text, is represented with music as constant returns to an earlier point. However, it is not a repetition but a journey along the same path again, some kind of déjà vu where things, rearranged sound objects are and are not recognizable at the same time.
Another essential aspect of La trayectoria de la sombra is the scenic design, which aims to break the static view of the orchestra by introducing the soloists -actor and cor anglais- separated from it and thus creating, along with electronics, a linkage space between all the parts, some kind of dialogue, of strange drama. Groping around in an unfathomable world... The voice of the actor looks for its place, wants to gain ground against a voice that comes imposed, the voice-over of the poet in the electronics. The cor anglais, as a mediator, spreads from the orchestra towards the actor while the recorded voice defends his own being. The actor gradually conquers the text, making it his own, trying to find a place in this uncertain and unfathomable world. However, everything is tentative.