Lorca’s poems ARE MELODIAS FLAMENCAS

14 Sep Lorca’s poems ARE MELODIAS FLAMENCAS

The poems of the poet Federico Garcia Lorca are a wonderful source, to be sung in multiple styles containing the flamenco.

We might ask ourselves what would flamenco without the sentimental aportracion of your lyrics?I would say it would be meaningless, would not be able to be a music for the emotion.

Well Lorca wrote the verses that contain essences of the oral expression of the Andalusian people which in turn meets the requirements flamenco music requires.

  • Gypsy Ballads.
  • Poema del Cante Jondo.
  • The songs of «Pilgrimage of Yerma».
Singing the "Romance of the moon," the "Gypsy Ballads" by Federico Garcia Lorca.

Singing the «Romance of the moon,» the «Gypsy Ballads» by Federico Garcia Lorca.

Asher Barrett
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2019 PERFORMANCES

                 

Metamorphic Transformation

Observing metamorphic transformations in nature allows us to extrapolate that method to humans and the arts. That is to say, the foundational substance becomes a supporting substance retained in the new identity. These essential elements are absorbed, now invisible to the observer, while the transformed form creates a stunning awareness of the new.

Likewise, our compositions make use of a similar pattern of creative mutation, if you will. We begin with folk songs that poet Federico Garcia Lorca chose, rescued from oblivion, transcribed for the piano and performed in various venues. Following a trajectory of revealing hidden elements, we submit them to an unexpected metamorphic process. The melodic essences of the old songs are those that give musical meaning to different poems that Lorca wrote.

Additionally, in his short life, he created diverse artistic works, including poetry, music, and literature. He also created formidable works for the theater, while also embracing other mediums such as painting. His contemporaries and artistic collaborators included Joan Miro and Salvador Dali.

«Lorca in the Keys of Hands and Voice,” a concert conceived and presented by Adam Kent and Fernando Barros, is a musical innovation inspired by Lorca’s example. Lorca collected melodies from the Spanish folklore repertoire and transcribed them for the piano using two different concepts: 1) adapting the old melodies to various of his poem, as for example, ANDA JALEO to the poem «Preciosa y el Aire”; and 2) singing the old songs using the expressive, emotive characteristics inherent in flamenco music.

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