Publisher: Chester Music
Era madrugada (1984)
commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects
Chester Music Ltd
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Somewhere ‘between the night and the morning’ (era madrugada) in the Lorca poem Sorpresa, a man is discovered in the street – a knife through his chest. Nobody would look into his eyes – open on raw air. Who is he? Why is he there?
The piece is as much about this strange little poem as it is about that particular time of day.
© Simon Holt
Muerto se quedó en la calle
con un puñal en el pecho.
No lo conocía nadie.
Cómo temblaba el farol!
Cómo temblaba el farolito
De la calle!
Era madrugada. Nadie
Pudo asomarse a sus ojos
abiertos duro aire.
Que muerto so quedó en la calle
Que con un puñal en el pecho
Y que no lo conocía nadie.
The dead man lay in the street
With a knife in his chest.
No one knew who he was.
How the streetlamp trembled!
How the little streetlamp trembled!
Between the night and the morning.
No one could lean over his eyes open on raw air.
This dead man lies in the street, what?
with a knife in his chest, and that no
one should know who he was?
Fiona Kimm, mezzo-soprano
Large Ensemble (7 or more players):