Six Spanish Songs

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These songs were composed for Kristin Samuelson in 1990, and join a number of works that are characterized by lyricism and a warmly chromatic tonal idiom. The poems (in spanish) are by the passionate Spanish writer Federico García Lorca, whose life was cut short in the Spanish Revolution (1936). The musical settings evoke but do not imitate the florid and intense style of Flamenco song, as they also stir memories of the spiced harmonies so associated with Spanish music in general. This is the composer’s second essay in this vocabulary, following his Six Spanish Lessons for harpsichord (1986).

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Selected Performances of Six Spanish Songs

Premiere: Kristin Samuelson, soprano, Joan Krueger, piano, F&M Sound Horizons Series, Lancaster, PA

September 16, 2006: Six Spanish Songs for soprano and piano, settings of poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, were performed at the CMS National Conference, San Antonio, Texas, by Colleen Gray, soprano and Nanette Solomon, piano.

January 22, 2006: Six Spanish Songs for soprano and piano, settings of poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, were performed by the Front Range Chamber Players in Fort Collins, Colorado, by Karen Lauer-Anderson, soprano and Roberta Mielke, pianist. 

June 13-17, 2005: Six Spanish Songs for soprano and piano, settings of poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, were performed at the College Music Society International Conference in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, by Colleen Neubert, soprano, and Nanette Solomon, piano.  

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