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Tres Sonetos

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Silvestre Revueltas

Silvestre Revueltas

Subtitle: Three sonnets: for wind instruments, piano and percussion

General Info

Year: 1938 / 1974
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peer Music Classical
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $18.00


1. Vuelvo a ti, soledad, agua vacia – 1:50
2. Junio me dio la voz – 1:45
3. Era mi corazon, piedra del rio -2 :25


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II-III



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Tres Sonetos is a chamber work in three movements that is based on poems by Revueltas’s contemporary Carlos Pellicer. He wrote each movement in a day during a three-day span of February 1938. All three have a dark and melancholy character. Each movement is titled with a line of Pellicer, all three of which seem to come from some version of the Cuatro canciones de horas de junio (Four songs of hours of June).

The first, Vuelvo a ti, soledad, agua vacia, (I return to you, loneliness, empty water) is a fantastical ode to loneliness (soledad) that uses imagery from the body, the landscape, and poetry itself to isolate the speaker. The second, Junio me dió la voz, la silenciosa musica de callar un sentimiento (June gave me the voice, the silent music of concealing a feeling), is in some versions a continuation of “Vuelvo ...” – it is a statement of loss that ends with the similarly despondent line “(Here the voice breaks up and the horror/of such immense solitude fills the days)”. The final movement, Era mi corazón piedra de rio, (My heart was a stone from the river), imagines the water rising around said river stone because “someone moved something,” obscuring the idyllic view from the riverbed.

- Program Note by Andrew Pease for Wind Band Literature

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Sierra College (Rocklin, Calif.) Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony (Greg McLaughlin, conductor) – 28 November 2018
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Westgate, conductor) - 22 April 2018
  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Pease, conductor) – 15 March 2018

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