La Guitarra (Michael Winikoff)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-12)  CPDL #56618:     
Editor: Michael Winikoff (submitted 2020-01-12).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 741 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: La Guitarra
Composer: Michael Winikoff
Lyricist: Federico García Lorca

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: Spanish
Instruments: Guitar

First published: 2019
Description: This sets a poem by Spanish poet Federico García Lorca about the guitar. It is set, appropriately, for guitar and choir, and is dedicated to my wife, Julija Sardelić Winikoff.

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Original text and translations

Spanish.png Spanish text

Empieza el llanto
de la guitarra.
Se rompen las copas
de la madrugada.
Empieza el llanto
de la guitarra.
Es inútil callarla.
Es imposible

Llora monótona
como llora el agua,
como llora el viento
sobre la nevada.
Es imposible
Llora por cosas

Arena del Sur caliente
que pide camelias blancas.
Llora flecha sin blanco,
la tarde sin mañana,
y el primer pájaro muerto
sobre la rama.

¡Oh, guitarra!
Corazón malherido
por cinco espadas.

English.png English text

The weeping of the guitar begins
The cups of dawn are broken
The weeping of the guitar begins. It is useless to silence it.
It is impossible to silence it.

It cries, monotonously,
as the waters cry,
as the wind cries over the snowfall.
It is impossible to silence it.

It weeps for things far away.
It asks the Sands of the South for white camellias.
It cries for the arrow without a target,
for the afternoon without a morning,
and for the first bird who dies on the branch.

Oh, guitar!
Heart wounded by five swords.