Carlos R. Carrillo-Cotto
About this work:
Cantares takes its title from King Solomon's Song of Songs (Cantar de los Cantares). Specifically Song of Songs 3:2, "I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my soul loves". The piece interlaces a series of uninterrupted "songs" of various lengths, one of which resembles middle eastern singing. The piece was composed in 1993 (rev. 1994) receiving the Joseph H. Bearns Prize and the 41st BMI Student Composer Award in the same year. Cantares was premiered on February 20th, 1994, at the Smothers Theater of Pepperdine University in California, by the Young Musician Foundation-Debut Orchestra under the direction of Lara Webber.
Version: rev. 1994
Year composed: 1993
Ensemble type: Orchestra:Standard Orchestra
Instrumentation: 1 Piccolo, 2 Flute, 2 Oboe, 1 English Horn, 3 Clarinet, 2 Bassoon, 1 Contrabassoon, 4 Horn in F, 4 Trumpet, 3 Trombone, 1 Tuba, 1 Timpani, 3 Percussion (General), 1 Piano, 24 Violin, 10 Viola, 8 Cello, 6 Double bass, 1 Harp