Always Monday, Always March (2013-14)
Siempre Lunes, Siempre Marzo
In 2 movements
I. Melquíades and the Gypsies Bring Ice to Macondo 6"
II. Aureliano's Little Gold Fish 7"
Performed by the Juilliard Orchestra on January 27th, 2017, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto as part of the Focus Festival.
This piece was performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as part of its Edward T. Cone Composers Institute, July 2015.
Read a review of the concert here.
Recording available upon request.
First movement premiered by the Orquesta Sinfónica de San Juan, in Argentina August 2014, Emmanuel Siffert, conductor.
Winner of the Special Judges Award at the First Young Composers' Competition in Venezuela in 2013.
The title of this work refers to Melquíades, the Gypsy’s room in Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. In this room time passes in a very peculiar way: it is always Monday, and always March. This piece is then based around the figure of Melquíades, who is one of the most intriguing characters in the novel. This orchestral work is not programmatic or narrative. Instead, each movement can be seen as a vignette inspired by the various aspects, or episodes related to Melquíades.
I. Melquíades and the Gypsies Bring Ice to Macondo:
In the isolated (and imaginary) town of Macondo, progress only comes through the visits by a roving gang of gypsies. The famous opening line from the novel recounts Colonel Aureliano Buendía remembering a distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. I wanted to musically represent the opening of this magical book, so after a low rumble, the music appears to materialize in front of the listener as though it had been trapped inside a book and is now finally released. It's an entrancing and otherworldly release, and distant echoes of the gypsy caravan are heard twice.
Finally, we arrive at the magical moment in the piece where the novel’s famous first line is referenced. This is a passage of iridescent beauty, which is meant to depict the moment when the children touch the ice, and feel its icy burn for the first time.
II. Alchemy and the Little Golden Fish: Melquíades is responsible for bringing a variety of new technologies and ideas to Macondo, including alchemy. This area of study fascinates the young Aureliano Buendía, and he begins to make little fish made of gold, in his attempt to forget all about his love for Remedios the Beauty. The music in this movement is centered around one single motive that is omnipresent, yet always changing. The energy present in the music is reminiscent of the almost industrial zeal with which Aureliano continues to make the gold fish, even melting them once he’s finished so that he may begin again.
Orquesta Sinfónica de San Juan, Argentina
Emmanuel Siffert, conductor