Danses de la terra (2020) for cello

Duration: 6′

Hidden Oaks Music Co. publisher

©Elisenda Fabregas

Danses de la terra for solo cello (2020) (6’) is a collection of dances inspired by Catalan folk music. It was written for Catalan cellist Roger Morelló Ross.

Pluja brodada (Embroidered rain) (2017/21) for Harp

Duration: 3’40”

Hidden Oaks Music Co. publisher

©Elisenda Fabregas

Pluja brodada was arranged and expanded from a song with the same name from the song cycle Imitacio del Foc (Imitation of fire) for tenor & piano.  It was arranged for Catalan harpist Ester Pinyol.

Duende for cello solo (2020)

Duende for solo cello (2020)  was premiered by Catalan cellist Roger Morelló Ros at the Chamber Music Series of Reus, Tarragona (Spain), 10/16/2020).

Published by Hidden Oaks Music Company.

©2020 Elisenda Fabregas

Uphill: from Clara to Robert for vlc and piano (2021)

Duration 7’30”

Commissioned by Catalan cellist Roger Morelló Ross. Recording to be released on Austrian Gramophone in 2021. Hidden Oaks Music Company.

Uphill (from Clara to Robert) for cello and piano (2021), was written for Catalan cellist Roger Morelló Ros to accompany selected songs by Robert Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder Op. 138 in a forthcoming CD recording.

My inspiration to write this one movement work came from two sources. I was inspired by a poem by Pedro Padilla (16th century Spain) entitled “Sierra áspera…” used by R. Schumann. I tied this poem with Clara and Robert Schumann’s relationship. I took the side of Clara as the wife/caregiver of Robert Schumann and imagined her struggles and feelings. Besides her duties as a wife and emotional support to Robert Schumann’s, Clara was also the mother of eight children, pursued her own career as a pianist/composer and left us 66 compositions. She was regarded as one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era, with over 61 years of concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital from displays of virtuosity to programs of serious works.

We know from her quotes that she felt insecure as a composer in a time when women were seen only as mothers and not fit to pursue creative endeavors such as writing music. There were no women composer models to be followed. A famous quote from Clara corroborates such feelings: “I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to composer – there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?”  Clara Schumann was a super woman doing it all, like many others during her time. This music is my way of honouring Clara Schumann.

©2021 Elisenda Fábregas

Masks for clarinet, cello, piano (2019/21)

Duration approx. 9′

Hidden Oaks Music Company pub. (available in the music store for purchase – printed or pdf download)

Masks for clarinet, cello and piano (2019/21) was commissioned by the IonSound Project Ensemble for their 2019 concert season and CD recording project.  The New York City premiere took place 2/11/20 by Random Access Music (RAM) Concert Series.

I was asked to write a relatively short composition inspired by certain aspects of the Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio. The title Masks suggests various layers of meaning in the music: I used motivic development procedures from the Classical period on rhythmic and/or melodic motives taken from or inspired by Beethoven’s Clarinet Trio, but I dressed the new melodies with harmonies and rhythms reminiscent of Spain’s music.

An edited version (2021) of Masks was done for performances in Catalunya in April 23-24, 2021

Looking in hindsight, this work and title it anticipated the covid-19 pandemia and the use of surgical masks. The original version of Masks was finished at the end of September 2019.

Movement I – Incantation and consummation – In the first movement of Masks, I start the first and second themes with the half-step beginning melodic motive of the first theme of Beethoven’s first movement, as well as tree-note ascending design. The motivic connection with Beethoven is very subtle in the first movement.

Movement II. Mischievous spirits – In the second movement of Masks, I took almost the entire rhythmic motive of the beginning theme of Beethoven’s 3rd movement. In addition, I varied the theme, although not in strict Variations like in the Beethoven. The spirit of the 2nd movement of Masks is also light and playful, just like the Beethoven.

 

Performance of ‘Masks’ for clarinet, cello & piano at Primavera Musical a Vistabella, Tarragona, April 24, 20:30

A newly edited version of ‘Masks for clarinet, cello & piano‘ will be performed in Tarragona, Spain, at a beautiful modernist church Esglesia del Sagrat Cor de Vistabella within the concerts series titled “Primavera Musical a Vistabella” (Musica Spring in Vistabella). Performers will include Roger Morello Ros, cello; Oriol Estivill, clarinet; and Dani Ruiz Hurtado, piano.

“Imitacio del foc” for tenor & piano released on Bridge records

Imitacio del foc for tenor and piano was recently released on Bridge Records. This song cycle was commissioned and recorded by Jess Muñoz, tenor, and pianist Oksana Glouchko (with the expertise of producer/engineer Andreas Meyer) and is part of an album entitled Visca L’Amor: Catalan Art Songs of the XX and XXI Centuries. The Album is now available worldwide on all major platforms including ITunes, Amazon and Spotify. I am very proud to be in the company of such well-known Catalan composers as Frederick Mompou, Eduard Toldrà, Ricard Lamote de Grignon, Narcis Bonet, Joan Comellas.  Listen to some samples of the music 

Performance and recording of Violin works by Viktoria Kaunzner in Valencia (Spain), October 18

Ancient walls for solo violin and Wandering spirit for violin & piano were written in 2013 for violinist Rodrigo Puskas. Ancient Walls was premiered in Seoul and Wandering spirit was premiered in Barcelona, Spain. Viktoria Kaunzner will perform these works in Valencia (Spain) at the Teatro Capitolio de Godella on October 18 at 19:00.

Roger Morelló Ros, premiere of ‘Duende’ in Reus, Tarragona (Spain) on October 16, 2020

Catalan cellist, Roger Morello Ros, will premiere Duende, a solo cello work arranged for him from the set Colores Andaluces. It was a great experience for me to work with Roger, an excellent and resourceful cellist that enjoys collaborating with composers.  The premiere of Duende will take place on October 16, at 21:00, at the Opening Concert of the Chamber Music Series that Commemorates the Concert Association of Reus in Tarragona, Spain.

Recording of Sonata for flute and piano at the Esplanade on the Bay (Singapore)

This September Spanish flutist Roberto Alvarez and Ucranian pianist Kseniia Vokhmianina  recorded my Sonata for flute and piano at the Esplanade on the Bay in Singapore.  I can’t wait to hear the final release on the CD!