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Year of Composition: 2016

Duration: 3'

Voicing/Instrumentation: SSA and ensemble (open instrumentation)

Available Versions: -

About the piece: Nana was commissioned by Coro de Voces Blancas del Módulo PDVSA Gas Occidente, part of El Sistema Zulia. The work is dedicated to Carlos, Mónica and their music students, with whom I grew fond of. Taking as an inspiration the tintinnabuli technique by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the open strings of the cuatro (A, D, F# and B) expose the alleatoric harmonic ground on which a vocal melody with elements of Venezuelan music is drawn. This work is originally a composition for equal voices with accompaniment of Venezuelan cuatro. Nevertheless, the instrumental part may be performed by any other ensemble that allows for the pitches to be heard. Some of the suggested instruments are: plucked strings like guitar, ukelele, mandolin, harp; bowed strings (with pizzicato) like violin, viola, cello and double-bass; keyboards and pitched percussion like xylophone, bells, glockenspiel, marimba. Any traditional or ethnic pitched instument may work too. Combinations of one or more instruments are possible. The Voice I part may be performed by a complete section of the choir or by a female soloist. The poem is divided in two sections: the first one describes the arrival of the night and the second one shows a mother singing a lullaby (nana) to her son.

Language: Spanish

Text: El viento canta muy dulcemente, mientras el sol se despide hoy. Entre las nubes, la luna brilla como un cristal en la oscuridad. Una por una las estrellas se van despertando, llenas de luz en el cielo azul. “Duérmete, niño, duérmete ya, cierra los ojos, vuelve a soñar. Mamá está aquí, te cuidará. Duérmete, hijo, mi estrella de paz.”

Author: Germán Barboza

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