Lágrimas (2014)

for solo cello


This work is conceived as an étude in two movements: the first one, Lágrima blanca (White tear), is markedly virtuoso and makes extensive use of natural harmonics (including high, distant harmonics); the second, Lágrima roja (Red tear), elaborates a ‘hidden’ polyphony which draws heavily on the works for solo strings by J. S. Bach, while including fragmentary remembrances from the previous movement.

Lágrimas forms part of a series of solo string works comprising Una furtiva lágrima (2013) for viola, and Jardín de lágrimas (2014), for violin. It was awarded the 1st Prize at the 2014 Sorodha Composition Competition organized by the Société Royale d’Harmonie d’Anvers, Belgium. Its first performance was given by Sarah Dupriez at the Opus 4 Arts Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium on the 22nd of March 2014.