2007/2008, Mixed choir, folk song arrangement
“Enamorat i al·lota” is a traditional song from Menorca collected by Francesc d'Albranca, arranged here for mixed choir with a modal harmonization—an aeolian E that in some points is tensed being stretched on one side towards the phrygian and towards the dorian on the other side. This song tells us the dialogue between a young man in love with a young woman who shuns him. At the beginning of their dialogue she states that she wants to become the moon so that she can be away from him and he answers that he will then become the cloud so he can be close to her. Through the different verses a long series of transformations follow each other where the two characters continue to chase and run from each other. This version of the text borrows the ending from a version from Mallorca which ends more tragically than the version sung in Menorca where the two characters decide to marry each other just to end the suffering.
"Sa núvia d'Algendar" is a traditional song from Menorca that belongs to a legend of the same name, collected by Francesc d'Albranca, arranged here for mixed choir with a modal harmonization that plays between aeolian G and locrian D and in the middle of the song it expands to the chromatism of a more free harmony built on perfect fifths. The setting of the legend is the period of muslim occupation in Menorca and it tells the story of a young woman from Algendar that, in her wedding night, is kidnapped by a moor, who takes her in a ship that ends up being shipwrecked in the Barbary Coast. A fisherman saves her but she ends up living a life of captivity until she escapes and, by coincidence, boards a ship that is shipwrecked in Menorca and, realizing that she is back in Algendar, she loses her mind. At the beginning of the legend a witch appears at the wedding banquet singing a song that foretells the bride's fate, song which she herself sings having gone crazy.
"Enamorat i al·lota" and "Sa núvia d'Algendar" were awarded the Catalunya Choir Composition Prize in 2008, by FCEC and were recorded by the "Cor de Cambra de la Diputació de Girona", conducted by Pablo Larraz, and the "Coral Sant Antoni", conducted by Lluís Vila, respectively. Published by FCEC, recorded and produced by Josep M. Adell.
released October 20, 2020
Cor de Cambra de la Diputació de Girona - Dir. Pablo Larraz (1)
Coral Sant Jordi - Dir. Lluís Vila (2)
Published with permission of FCEC