Bourland choral music: Alarcon Madrigals Bk3 (2007)

July 3, 2009

Alarcon Madrigals, Book 3 (2007)

1. Body in flames
2. Lamentario
3. Like a crazed flower
4. Face and heart
5. Guardian angel

Music: Roger Bourland
Poetry: Francisco X Alarcon
Iris Levine conducts Vox Femina -LA
Published by Yelton Rhodes Music – Los Angeles

Because Vox Femina so loved “Both page and pen” and its erotic imagery, I decided to turn up the erotic flame just a tad in Alarcon Madrigals, Book 3. Commissioned again by Vox Femina, this set was written in Hawaii and you can find diary entries for working on the piece within this blog. You’ll hear some country twang in “Like a crazed flower,” and a reference to the final number of book 1 (“I learned Spanish from my grandma…”) closes Book 3, and bookends the set of three books.

Presently (July 2009) I am finishing a new set of madrigals for Vox based on the poetry of Eloise Klein Healy that turns up the erotic flame even higher.

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