Sunday, April 03, 2011

Music and Silence

In his Musica Callada, the Catalan composer Federico Mompou prefaces book 2 with the following comment:
It is difficult to translate and express the true sense of "Musica Callada" in a language other than Spanish. St John of the Cross the great mystic poet writes/sings in one of his most beautiful poems: "La Musica Callada, la Soledad Sonora"seeking to express a music which at the same time is the voice of silence. Music keeeps its own "Callada" voice, i.e. "that which is silent" whilst in its solitude making music.
(my translation from the French)
Here's no 26 from the set of 28 pieces:

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