El sol

Composer
Adrienne Inglis
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1960
Text
Luis Martín de la Plaza
Year Composed
2018
Pages
31
Minutes
2:30
Language
Spanish
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
Yes
Instruments
Harp; Venezuelan cuatro
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Rhythmic, with steady energy; Inspiring; Dramatic, with dynamic contrasts
Description

El sol (The Sun) by Adrienne Inglis, sets Sonnet XXXIII by Luis Martín de la Plaza to a Venezuelan joropo for SATB chorus, harp, and cuatro. Luis Martín de la Plaza (1577-1625) grew up in the small southern Spanish town of Antequera. A gifted poet as well as a priest, he wrote this Petrarchan sonnet in classical style. The octave (the first eight lines) presents a violent thunderstorm with dark clouds that hide the sun, fierce winds that fight with the sea, waves that batter the rocky coastline, and hail that blankets the fields. The sestet (the final six lines) turns the narrative to the sun’s breaking through the clouds, calming the sea, hushing the wind and thunder, painting the clouds gold, and adorning the fields with fragrant flowers. One is left to wonder whose eyes are so beautiful as to make the sun’s dawn envy their colors. The sonnet’s rhythmic and vivid imagery lends itself to a Venezuelan joropo, a creole dance and musical style derived from Spanish, African, and indigenous sources. The SATB choral parts indulge in some cross rhythms and playful polyphony over a typical joropo rhythm on the harp and Venezuelan cuatro.

Group
Inversion Ensemble
Performances
Inversion Ensemble: June 2018