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Cristóbal Halffter: Elegías a la muerte de tres poetas españoles

  • for orchestra
  • 4 4 4 4 - 6 4 4 1 - perc(5), hp(2),, str
  • Duration: 30’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1. flute
    2. flute
    3. flute (+picc.)
    4. flute (+picc.)
    1. oboe
    2. oboe
    3. oboe
    4. oboe
    1. clarinet in B
    2. clarinet in B
    3. clarinet in Eb
    bass clarinet
    1. bassoon
    2. bassoon
    3. bassoon
    4. bassoon
    1. horn in F
    2. horn in F
    3. horn in F
    4. horn in F
    5. horn in F
    6. horn in F
    1. trumpet in C
    2. trumpet in C
    3. trumpet in C
    4. trumpet in C
    1. trombone
    2. trombone
    3. trombone
    4. trombone
    1. perc
    2. perc
    3. perc
    4. perc
    5. perc
    1. harp
    2. harp
    violin I (16)
    violin II (14)
    viola (12)
    violoncello (10)
    contrabass (8)
  • Composer: Cristóbal Halffter
  • Table of contents:
    Antonio Machado: Exilio
    Federico Garcia Lorca: Sangre
    Miguel Hernandez: Carcel
  • Dedication: escrita por encargo de la Südwestfunk de Baden-Baden
  • Commission: á mis hijos Alonso, Maria y Pedro

Work introduction

Elegías a la muerte de tres poetas españoles (Elegies on the death of three Spanish poets) was composed in summer 1975. Here, Halffter pays tribute to poets Antonio Machado, Miguel Hernandez and Federico Garcia Lorca, all of whom were victims of fascism and displacement. The composer’s hope that such events will never happen again are conveyed impressively through this music.


World première

SWF Landesstudio, Baden-Baden (DE)
Cristóbal Halffter

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