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Cinc cançons tradicionals

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The chamber work is exquisite and though initially it may seem unusual, the voice is treated as just another instrument which Oltra interweaved naturally with the other timbres.

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    Period 20th c.
    Subheading / Parts La Pastora (1'51") - El Mestre (2'45") - El Rossinyol (2'42") - El Bon Caçador (1'25") - El Mariner (2'41")
    Instruments soprano-1111-2100-perc.timp.harp.-string
    Text language Catalan
    Pages 60
    Time 12 min.
    Contents conductor score
    ISMN 979-0-3502-0906-2
    Price of print edition 30,70€
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    The Cinc cançons tradicionals (Five Traditional Songs) were written in 1968 with this orchestral accompaniment so rich in colour and nuance. The chamber work is exquisite and though initially it may seem unusual, the voice is treated as just another instrument which Oltra interweaved naturally with the other timbres. One of the elements that underlines the Catalan origin of the piece is the role of the oboe which provides popular colour that echoes our traditional shawm and chalemie, the Catalan double-reeded instruments. The infinite imagination of the composer allows him to present a different colour with every stanza and new instrumentation to every theme that is returned to. Thus every detail runs together smoothly: the girl who sings the most highly regarded song in our musical tradition, The Nightingale, does so to a sweet and static accompaniment, with a gentle breeze ruffl ing the leaves, and the mariner who closes the cycle does so to an elegant finale of brasses and percussion; a very different percussion to that which accompanied the energetic huntsman of a few moments earlier.


    David Puertas

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