for violin and harp (2014)
Duration: 8 minutes
1. for... the shadow of a dream
2. for... the shadow of the mother, the shadow of the father
"Saudade" is a Portuguese word for a compound emotion that includes deep longing for someone or something lost, a desire akin to nostalgia and melancholy. This feeling can be for some past thing or a thing that never was at all. Saudade is an intrinsic part the Portuguese and Brazilian soul, and though I was born in the US into a family that had left behind its heritage for assimilation into a new country, saudade is an emotional state that I understand.
saudades for… is a pair of songs-without-words for violin and harp that were written during a difficult transitional period in my life. The music explores minor modes and lyrical melodies and takes inspiration from Cantigas de amigo of medieval Iberia, modern-day Fado, and Mendelssohn’s Lieder ohne Worte.
Alexey Shabalin, violin; Hyunjung Choi, harp
Providence Premieres New Music Festival
Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
May 29, 2014