Três Poemas (2007) is inspired by my father’s poem of the same title and was written for the AR Ensemble under the direction of Maestro Alberto Roque.
The two woodwind quintets are seated across from each other. Harmonies and melodies are passed between the groups. The main woodwind quintet – Realidades/Realities – is continuously mirrored by the second woodwind quintet – Miragens/Mirages.
The work has a somewhat neoclassical undertone and follows the form of the poem. Thus, the first movement, Súbito, o deserto súbito (Suddenly, the sudden desert) with its static textures depicts an arid and raw landscape, while Junto das magnólias (Near the magnolias) is built upon a simple melody, a remembrance of lost childhood. Closing the work, Súbito, o súbito mar (Suddenly, the sudden sea), uses the same harmonic language as the first movement, but a distinct textural approach, allowing it to serve as a stark contrast to the opening of the work.
Woodwind Quintet 1 –Realidades/Realities:
Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, F Horn
Woodwind Quintet 2 – Miragens/Mirages:
Flute/Alto Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Bassoon/Contrabassoon, F Horn