Cuando Neruda Soñó

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This piece is an adventure of someone who is disconnected from himself and his environment, and undertakes a journey in total solitude. Into an immense space carrying all of his uncertainties. It is that space that teaches him to find himself, to ask questions and reflect.

In the process, he may get lost, but he knows that he will struggle to find the way. And ends up revealing to himself a truth that transcends him. A truth so powerful that it dazzles him. It makes him see life where he once saw loneliness. Finally, feeling at peace and harmony with himself, he finds the help of great guides who sail at his side.

This piece leaves us with the teaching that we will never be completely alone. Only when we see ourselves and accept the multiple layers of our embodiment, can we connect with our environment and those around us. When we accept ourselves as we are, we can provide the best version of ourselves with the people around us and the world.

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History of the work

“Cuando Neruda Soñó” was a commissioned piece for the Chilean group called “Tersum Canticum”. It was on Sunday, January 12, 2014, when I started writing this piece. It took on a passion and life of its own, and on January 18, 2014. I had finished writing the 6 minutes of music now called “El Mar”. After the premiere of the piece in Viña del Mar on August 2, 2014, I decided to reformulate it and expand the tessitura of the chords. So that what I was feeling was expressed in a more powerful way through the music. When I finished writing the piece, I renamed it “When Neruda Dreamed”. The work finally premiered on December 10, 2017 in South Africa by the renowned Lumine Amicci choir, and conductor, Michelangelo Cloette.

Translated lyrics

I need the sea because it teaches me: I don’t know if I learn music or consciousness: I don’t know if it’s a single wave or deep depth or a hoarse voice or a shining suggestion of ships and fish.

Poem: Pablo Neruda

Being a self-published composer

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