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Three Spanish Songs

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Matthew Tommasini

Matthew Tommasini

Subtitle: For Soprano and Chamber Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


1. Olas Grises – 4:05
2. Nocturno – 5:20
3. Sueño Despierto – 7:10


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe/English Horn
B-flat Soprano Clarinet/B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This cycle is a setting of three contrasting poems by Latin-American poets Leopoldo Lugones, Ruben Dario, and Jose Marti. Olas Grises uses evocative rain and sea imagery to meditate on the nature of life and death. Set as a lyrical, quasi-strophic song, these images are portrayed through the opening percussion rain drop motive and the moaning vocal line used throughout the movement. Nocturno is a frantic soliloquy set as an extended opera scene. The piano and percussion accompany the soprano in the opening recitative which is followed by a surreal aria accompanied by the rest of the ensemble. This is followed by a re-statement of both sections.

Sueño Despierto is a short poem about the contrasting images of a waking dream. Based on a fragment of the lullaby Nanita nana, heard in its entirety at the opening, the song is a set of three variations, followed by a coda, which portray these various images.

Three Spanish Songs was commissioned by Michael Haithcock and the University of Michigan Symphony Band.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Manitoba (Winnipeg) Wind Ensemble (Jacqueline Dawson, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor; Stephanie Doche, soprano) – 6 April 2016
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) - 9 December 2005 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer