Nocturno(2021) 
Baritone and Piano
Poetry by Ruben Darío (texts in the original Spanish)

14 minutes

 

Commissioned by Brooklyn Art Song Society. To be premiered April 1st, 2022 by baritone Jesse Blumberg and pianist Mike Brofman.

I. Tarde de trópico

II. Vesperal

III. Nocturno

IV. La dulzura del ángelus

Program Notes:

 

Nocturno is a cycle that traces the progression from late afternoon to morning. Ruben Darío's powerful imagery makes for a journey filled with emotions, surprises, and elegiac beauty. Beginning with late afternoon, and ending with early morning, Nocturno traces a metaphorical journey form darkness to light, not unlike the one the world went through during the Covid-19 Pandemic. From distant murmurs, to Caribbean grooves, to ecstatic climaxes, Nocturno aims to emcompass the world awakening into existence in the way that Ruben Darío's own words marked the beginning of a new era in Latin American letters and culture.