Title of the work: Como el viento.
Composer: Javier Torres Maldonado.
Year of composition: 2002.
Orchestration: 188.8.131.52. - 184.108.40.206. - 5 Tp. - Perc. (Ps., Chinese cymbal, 4 Wbl., Tt., Trg., Crot., Bg., Metal chimes, Spring coil) - Str.
Duration: 15 minutes.
Prize: first prize, International Composition Competition "Alfredo Casella" of Siena, Italy (2002).
Publisher: Edizioni Suvini Zerboni - Milano (for a copy of the score please contact me or send an e-mail to my publisher).
First world performance: Siena, Teatro dei Rozzi, 31.10.2002 - Orchestra della Toscana, cond. Hansjörg Schellenberger.
Composed between 1999 and 2002, "Como el viento" is a work inspired in part by the images described in the poem of the same name by Luis Cernuda. In it, the Spanish poet proposes contrasting scenes in which a natural element (the wind) is presented as a base "poetic object", subjected to constant transformations that delimit the different verses. This object therefore assumes different "states" that correspond to the variations it undergoes in different situations, which give rise to said images (for example when it touches the windows in vain, sobs in the middle of the night or screams madly in the storm). ) and abrupt contrasts, among the most evident: "delicate rain that spins".
Thus, the basic constructive idea present in this orchestral work corresponds precisely to an initially repetitive musical object, which undergoes different deformations and transformations of the elements that constitute it. It goes through different "states" that translate into the different formal panels in which the work is divided. There are some allusions to the sonorities that can be imagined from different readings of the poem, although the most relevant connection with Cernuda is given through an idea of formal transfer from poetry to music.