Recording of “Imitació del Foc”(Imitation of fire) this August

Imitació del Foc (Imitation of Fire) was recorded on August 10-13, 2018, by Jess Muñoz, tenor, and pianist Oksana Glouchko, with producer/engineer Andreas Meyer. This recording will be part of an album featuring 24 Art Songs by Catalan Composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries.  Upcoming performances of Imitacio del Foc will take place in the Spring of 2019 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) (Feb 28), Furman University, SC (Feb 24), Newberry College, SC (Feb 26), and Highpoint University, NC. 

Imitació del Foc (Imitation of Fire) for tenor & piano was commissioned by tenor Jess Muñoz,with generous support from a University of Delaware General University Research Grant.  It was premiered on March 12, 2018, at the University of Delaware in a program dedicated to Catalonian and Latin American women composers. Additional concerts were presented throughout this Spring along other music by Catalonian composers, including  Toldra and Mompou.  Some of the concerts took place at Gore Recital Hall Roselle Center for the Arts, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Central Michigan University,  Michigan State University, Indiana University -South Bend, Taylor University, and Market Street Music Concert Series.

Imitació del Foc is based on poetry by Mallorquin poet Bartomeu Rosselló-Pòrcel (1913-1938). It includes four poems: I. Inici de campana (Quadern de sonets); II.Escolto la secreta… (from Imitacio del Foc, ‘Arbre de Flames’); III. Pluja brodada (Imitacio del foc, ‘Fira encesa’); and IV. Ardent himne (Imitacio del foc, ‘Arbre de Flames’).