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Sonidos Cubanos 2 - Neuma Records, featuring 'Litanies' by Odaline de la Martinez

26 May 2021 Comments Off on Odaline de la Martinez ‘Asonancias’ for solo violin in Video & ‘Litanies’ for flute, string trio and harp in CD Views: 178 CE News

Odaline de la Martinez ‘Asonancias’ for solo violin in Video & ‘Litanies’ for flute, string trio and harp in CD

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Odaline de la Martinez’s solo violin piece Asonancias was featured on Crossing Borders Music YouTube concert for Mother’s Day on Sunday 9 May (Mother’s Day in many countries including the USA is on the second Sunday in May).

Performed by violinist -and resident mother – Jennifer Leckie it was recorded alongside works by two historical women composers – Teresa Carreño and Florence Price and contemporary composer Parisa Sabet.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, US.

(Odaline de la Martinez’s Asonancias starts at 38:12)

On Monday 21 June the American Record Label Neuma are releasing a CD titled “Sonidos Cubanos 2” which includes a recording of Odaline de la Martinez’s Litanies. Litanies is a work for flute, harp and string trio written for and recorded by Lontano Ensemble. “Sonidos Cubanos” is sponsored by The Cintas Foundation which each year offers a Composition Fellowship to Cuban composers. Odaline de la Martinez has won a Cintas Fellowship twice, which is being celebrated with the release of Litanies in this CD.

Litanies (1981) for flute (doubling bass flute), string trio and harp is “a memory of a memory” of my early years in Cuba. In it I recall the unclear and very distant scenes of my childhood, recreating in a world of sound the fast and low praying that I heard in church and juxtaposing it with the mixed songs of the fishermen as they celebrated the various holy feast days. The rhythms of the faster sections are based on words sung by the fishermen, and the form of the work is ABACA – always returning to the low intoning of church prayer. Litanies is not a religious composition but rather a celebration of those simple days as a child in Cuba that are long gone. It’s dedicated to my sister Margarita. The work was premiered by Lontano at the Wigmore Hall, London in 1981 and later broadcast by BBC Radio 3. It has been widely toured in Ireland and received several performances in the United States.

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Asonancias and Litanies are proudly available through our website, as well as other works by Odaline de la Martinez.

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