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Sonetos del amor oscuro : arranged for soprano and piano

by Rosà Lind Page (2004)

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Performance by Jane Sheldon, Zubin Kanga from the CD Chiaroscuro

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Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. El poeta hable por teléfono con el amor (The poet speaks with his love on the telephone) -- 2. El amor duerme en el pecho del poeta (Love sleeps on the breast of the poet) -- 3. Noche del amor insomne (Night of sleepless love) -- 4. Soneto de la guirnalda de rosa (Sonnet of the garland of roses) -- 5. Llagas de amor (Wounds of love) -- 6. El poeta pide a su amor que le escriba (The poet asks his love to write to him).

Dedication note: Song 6 dedicated to Jane Sheldon and Zubin Kanga.

First performance: by Jane Sheldon, Zubin Kanga at Chronology Arts: Jane Sheldon, soprano (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music) on 28 Jul 2010

Texts in Spanish by Federico García Lorca.

Please note: Song 6 "El emor duerme en el pecho del poeta" from Sonetos del Amor Oscuro for soprano and piano should be performed as the second song in the cycle (as per order in score).

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2006 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize Winner Rosà Lind Page


Performances of this work

22 Aug 2015: at Chiaroscuro (Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Jane Sheldon, Zubin Kanga.

28 Jul 2010: at Chronology Arts: Jane Sheldon, soprano (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Jane Sheldon, Zubin Kanga.

23 Oct 04: Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Halcyon.

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 22 July, 2013

The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
Romantic and strange. This piece does a beautiful job of placing us in the rather surreal landscape of Lorca in love.
Jane Sheldon
Described as a journey of love's soul from light to darkness, Sonetos del amor oscuro (Sonnets of Dark Love) is Page's setting of sonnets that remained largely unknown and unpublished for 50 years. It is a mature and deeply soulful cycle, demanding great stamina and breadth of emotional expression. Tension builds throughout the piece until the final movement where the singer must unleash everything emotionally, yet end on a sustained lamenting high note. A work of extremes, from sensual radiance to despair in both the musical landscape and the vocal line itself.
Alison Morgan