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Y apenas paso la mano por el vacío (2018)

For alto flute, bass clarinet, piano, violin & cello. About a poem by Pilar Martín Gila.

Instrumentation: G fl | cl.b | piano | vl | vla | vc
Date: 2018
Duration: 10'30"
Text: Pilar Martín Gila.
Commission: PluralEnsemble.
World premiere: Concert Hall of Brno Philharmonic, Czech Republic, 10/13/2018.
PluralEnsemble, Fabián Panisello (cond.).
Other performances: PHONA Cicle, Teatre Municipal Xesc Forteza, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, 10/28/2018. PluralEnsemble, Fabián Panisello (cond.).
XXVI Jornadas de Música Contemporánea de Segovia. Ex-Presa2 concert hall, La Cárcel, Centro de Creación, 11/3/2018. Same performers.
Score: Babel Scores.
ISMN: 979-0-2325-3262-2
Comment: In my already long composition production, a walk-through the relationship between music and poetry, of which Y apenas paso la mano por el vacío (“I have hardly touched the surface”), this is a new exploratory attempt that, in this case, develops in two ways.

On the one hand, an attempt to be completely immersed in the poem –a text from the collection of poems La cerillera by Pilar Martín Gila-, by reading it continuously throughout the composing process, almost as if it were an infinite chant, penetrating and building like a resonant discourse which then falls into the written music. It’s not a case of translating the speech into music, but a penetration into the musical discourse which can only take place after the poem has been captured. In contrast to the other type of work involving music and poetry (for example the song or recital…), this forms tends to blur the permanently critical barrier that separates both disciplines. This is an inner work which takes place before composing, an internalisation that as it blossoms, does so in a truly musical way.

The other bond with the text in this work is the literal presentation of the poem, although this is hidden by its form of delivery: the whisper of the performer –in specific parts of the work-, in an attempt to resemble the poem in a musical and verbal way, making the subject of the poem takes on a blurred presence and, at the same time, transforming it into something else, into something that brings it closer to the musical work.