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Almas de Barro: The story behind a choral work

  • How was this work created?


    Santiago Veros at the age of 19 writes this piece dedicated to a woman who for that time she was shy and he rarely talked with her.
    Almas de Barro describes intimately the moments of counterpoint classes when these two people look at each other in a very adolecent way, they can not do of anything more than continue to look at each other in complete silence.

    The piece is born as a statement to be put into sound in the counterpoint class. The idea was to make a sound representation of the situation, so at the beginning of the play there are no words and the voices act like those looks, they march together and from time to time dodge to highlight the discomfort of the situation and to the few seconds, they are back together. The poem accompanies giving the message that all this is a fantasy,
    a state of reverie where, on awakening, everything is will lose.
    As the work progresses we will see how the voices begin to detach and when they (the voices) wake up, they realize that they are lost and in complete solitude and that is their only point in common.
    Then there will come a coda that longs to return to sleep, to belong to that dream.

    Working with Cantus Novus Femina Epilogi

    On July 29, 2018, Santiago became the first Argentinian composer to premiere a work at the prestigious Tallinn Festival in Estonia of Europe CANTAT with Cantus Novus Femina Epilogi from Cyprus. This incredible choir, directed by the great Angelina Nicolaidou, has plans to team up to make several works with Santiago. The choir has recorded this piece in the municipal hall of Limassol and during July Santiago will meet with Cantus Novus Femina Epilogi in Cyprus. The reason will be the SUMMER YOUTH CHORAL CAMP festival "CHORAL ETHNO CROSSROADS 2019". But the details of this event will be for another blog.

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