LA PETENERA [1996]

[P.D, arr. for a cappella choir]

Commissioned by Chanticleer

DURATION: 4'

Program note:

They say that the Petenera

has a pure and virtuous soul.

She goes at night to the river

and comes home before it’s dawn.

Oh, how lonely!

How lonely must that man feel!

He went out to fetch some water

but his horse still died of thirst!


La Petenera, a song popular in both Spain and Mexico, tells the tale of one who falls under the siren’s spell. Composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez has arranged two verses from the story in twelve independent parts for the twelve voices of Chanticleer. The siren’s song is first heard from a countertenor soloist. Then, an accompaniment figure, divided among five voices, imitates the plucking of a guitar. The piece gradually builds in complexity until the twelve separate voices are singing the sad story of a man who went to get water for his thirsty horse, but never returned.

Frank Albinder

 
 

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