El amor y la vida
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Modeled after Robert Schumman's Frauenliebe und Leben (1840), which uses the poetry of Adelbert von Chamisso to depict the life of women of the period, this piece is reconceived through the modern lens of the poetry of Rosario Castellanos from the mid 20 th century. Conceived as a song cycle, a musical form prevalent in the 19 th century, there is experimentation with the global form and local song forms through juxtaposition of contemporary and historical musical materials. It explores themes of love, family, tradition, and mortality from a modern and uniquely feminine perspective, expressed through timbre, instrumentation, and form. The poems chosen closely mirror the themes of the Schumann cycle to create a modern, albeit dark, narrative of contemporary female life.