Geoffrey Gordon: Lorca Musica Per Cello Solo

Wouter Mijnders

Geoffrey Gordon: Lorca Musica Per Cello Solo
Performed By Wouter Mijnders
Album UPC 889211391462
CD Baby Track ID TR0001277961
Label Cigar House Music
Released 2015-02-10
BPM 138
Rated 0
ISRC uscgh1554153
Year 2015
Spotify Plays 66
Writer Geoffrey Gordon
Pub Co SpencerSongs Music
Composer Geoffrey Gordon
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing Grant
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Pub Grant
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United Kingdom


Geoffrey Gordon's Lorca Musica per cello solo is a virtuoso work for solo cello inspired by the life of poet Federico Garcia Lorca, and draws on themes and phrases from his ballet score after The House of Bernarda Alba. Fanfare calls it "remarkable."


Geoffrey Gordon's Lorca Musica per cello solo, in a performance here by Dutch cellist Wouter Mijnders, is inspired by poet Federico Garcia Lorca, as well as the work from which it is drawn: his three act ballet, The House of Bernarda Alba, after the play of the same name. Although Lorca Musica is not intended as a direct derivation of the ballet--and does not in any way attempt to follow the dramatic thread of the play--it is nevertheless intrinsically linked with that work, both thematically and spiritually. The motifs of Alba, and of Lorca’s life--lust, longing, repression, shame, passion, desire and death--provide the framework and wellspring for this music.

Thematic material--phrases, melodic fragments, harmonic and rhythmic cells--have been imported from the ballet. The opening bars recount the death of Adela which concluded both the play and the ballet. However, here it is designed to make a much broader statement. Other references--the Tango, the agitato and sereno themes--are similarly intended to expand on the Alba play, and comment more profoundly on Lorca’s life and death.

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