Harp Concerto (2021) – 14′

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Second Prize, SOCAN Foundation – 2021 Young Composer Awards (Large Ensemble Category)
Finalist, Classic Pure Vienna – 2021 International Composition Competition

Premiered May 2 2021 by Juan Riveros at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 

Program Notes:

 

Harp Concerto is in two related movements sharing similar material and form but differing in trajectory. This shared material acts as a common background for two similar yet distinct objects. Both movements are inspired by my reflections on one or more quotes. The first one centers around courage and came as a result of a wealth of literature that stuck with me about courageous historical characters. One of said figures is Hannibal Barca, whose courage, zeal, creativity and ingenuity is endlessly inspiring and compelling.

 

The second movement is a recurring quote from Gibran Khalil Gibran’s Arabic poetry on love. The quote is re-contextualized in his different works, nevertheless, it always relates to the inexpressibility of love. As Gibran is among the best-selling poets in English as well as Arabic, I have always wondered why this quote never made it into his English poetry since it is so compelling in either language.

 

I – “Courage is the only virtue you cannot fake.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

 

II – “Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.” – Gibran Khalil Gibran

 

Harp Concerto is dedicated to Juan Riveros, without whom this piece would not exist in its current form.