084-Lorca (Show)

Oh Garden!

  • Work
    • 084
  • Name
    • Lorca
  • City and date
    • Banyoles, September 1998
  • Duration
    • 30'
  • Instrumentation
    • -bariton, violin, piano and rhapsody (original) -contralt, flute, piano and rhapsody
  • Texts
    • Federico García Lorca
  • Text language
    • Castilian
  • Cd
    • Collaborators Concert (2013)
    • Water Nymphs-The show (2013)
    • Love (2000)
  • Premiere
    • Girona, Narcís de Carreras Auditorium 2 of December of 1998 Voice: Josep Mª Saguer Violin: Mª Victoria Fernández Rapsoda: Santi Falcon Piano: Paco Viciana

Dramatic work about 20 poems of the book "Suites", from andalusian poet Federico García Lorca, on the occasion of  commemorating the centenary of his birth in 1998.

Inspired in his wonderful poems, each better, I did this poetic-musical work about poems of the great Grenadian playwright for baritone, violin, rhapsody and piano, in original version in the show Tribute concert to Lorca, and later I changed baritone by a contralto, and the violin by the flute, and with this group we premiered the show Lunatics in 2002 and in 2014.



I have extracted versions from different parts of the work for other instrumental and vocal groups:


Federico García Lorca


The work starts with this clear exposition of intentions:

(Original version)
¡Tanto vivir!
¿Para qué? El sendero es aburrido
y no hay amor bastante.
Tanta prisa. ¿Para qué?
Para tomar la barca que va a ninguna parte.
¡Amigos míos, volved!
¡Volved a vuestro venero! No derraméis el alma
en el vaso de la Muerte.

(English translation)
So much to live!
For what? The trail is boring
and the isn't enough love.
So much hurry. For what?
To take the boat that goes nowhere.
My friends, come back!
Return to your poison! Shed no soul
in the glass of Death.


Over the work I combine different possibilities that allow me the four "actors" of the work: the solist voice, the melodic instrument, the piano and the rhapsode, to get a shocking end where the poet himself, as he knews the conditions of his dramatic death on hand of the fascists, who murdered him during spanish civil war, says: 

(Original version)
¡Oh qué gran muchedumbre, invisible y renovada,
la que viene a este jardín a descansar para siempre!
Cada paso en la Tierra
nos lleva a un mundo nuevo. Cada pie lo apoyamos
sobre un puente colgante.
Comprendo que no existe el camino derecho.
Sólo un gran laberinto de encrucijadas múltiples.
Constantemente crean
nuestros pies al andar inmensos abanicos
de senderos en germen.
¡Oh jardín de las blancas teorías! ¡Oh jardín
de lo que no soy pero pude y debí haber sido!

(English translation)
Oh what a great crowd, invisible and renewed,
which comes to this garden to rest forever!
Each step on Earth
takes us to a new world. We support each foot
on a suspension bridge.
I understand that there is no right way.
Just a big maze of multiple crossroads.
Constantly create
our feet when walking huge fans
of germ trails.
Oh garden of white theries! Oh garden
what I am not but could and should have been!


With Glòria Garcés and Marta López.


Work included in the shows:


Lorca (Selection for the alto, piano and rhapsody version)-2013 (16'40):



  • Voice: Glòria Garcés
  • Rhapsody: Marta López
  • Piano: Paco Viciana

Collaborators Concert in Banyoles auditorium, 23 of november, 2013

From the Cd Collaborators Concert.


Score in pdf (alto, piano and rhapsody version):




Lorca (alto, flute, piano and rhapsody version)-2002 (29'55):



  • Voice: Glòria Garcés
  • Flute: Esteve Zulet
  • Rhapsody: Marta López
  • Piano: Paco Viciana

Concert at the Viader auditorium of Girona on June 5, 2003.


Score in pdf (alto, flute, piano and rhapsody version):




Lorca (original version for baritone, violin, piano and rhapsody)-1998 (32'55):



  • Voice: Josep Mª Saguer
  • Violin: Mª Victoria Fernández
  • Rhapsody: Santi Falcon
  • Piano: Paco Viciana

Tribute concert to Lorca at the Auditorium Narcís de Carreras of Girona on December 2, 1998


Score in pdf (original version for baritone, violin, piano and rhapsody):



With Glòria Garcés, Marta López and Esteve Zulet.