Three Spanish Songs
Subtitle: For Soprano and Chamber Wind Ensemble
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
B-flat Soprano Clarinet/B-flat Bass Clarinet
Horn in F
Percussion I-II, including:
- Orchestra Chimes
- Suspended Cymbal
None discovered thus far.
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 from publisher
- Audio: Reference recording.CCM Chamber Players (Rodney Winther, conductor; Meng-chun Lin, soprano)
- Audio CD: University of Louisville Wind Ensemble (Frederick Speck, conductor; Edith Davis Tidwell, soprano) - 2007
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
- Cincinnati (Ohio) Conservatory Chamber Players (Rodney Winther, conductor; Meng-Chung Lin, soprano) – 30 March 2007 (CBDNA 2007 National Conference, Ann Arbor, Mich.)
- University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) - 9 December 2005 *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Taking Sides (2008)
- Three Spanish Songs (2009)
- Torn Canvases (2009)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Matthew Tommasini." Accessed 6 April 2016
- Matthew Tommasini website Accessed 6 April 2016
- Tommasini, M. (2008). Three Spanish Songs : For Soprano and Chamber Wind Ensemble [score]. Alfred: Van Nuys, Calif.