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Dedicatoria. Hidalguía. Los Enigmas de Dulcinea. El Testamento de Sancho. Los Curiosos Impertinentes. Resto. Vale
David Rosenmann-Taub (pn, speaker)
MSR 1352 (2 CDs: 84:46)
Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1927, David Rosenmann-Taub studied both literature and music. Considered a major poet of the Spanish language, he is also a composer. Since music transcends language, his compositions and the translations of the poems that accompany them should be of interest to music lovers who don’t
necessarily speak Spanish. He has published more than 15 volumes of poetry, among them
Los Despojos del Sol
(Dregs of the Sun), the prize-winning
Los Surcos Inundados
(The Flooded Furrows),
(The Messenger), and
(The Option). The first four tracks of this recording are devoted to his spoken dedication and poems, but the fifth is a thought-provoking piano piece. The poet and composer has entitled this disc
En un Lugar de la Sangre
(In a Place of the Blood) and it refers to that icon of the Spanish language, Miguel de Cervantes’s
. Rosenmann-Taub reads his poetry in an idiomatically expressive manner and follows each piece with a work for piano on its theme. The English translation of each poem is in the booklet so English speakers can follow along as Don Quixote proclaims his plan. Three
piano chords underscore the nobility of the knight’s intentions. The music goes on to describe the dawn of the day on which he sets out and tells of his adventures as he imagines them.
Enigmas of Dulcinea
gives a poetic picture of her as a beautiful and unattainable object. Musically, he assigns her a charming downward melody that says a great deal about her as a living, gracefully moving being. He continues with an Impressionistic rendition of her character that tells much more about her as a human being than his sparse poem. His music is generally melodic, but not overly complex and his definitive rhythms are completely his own.
which speaks of loss to himself and his family, is described with muted but intense music.
Rosenmann-Taub’s music has a distinct style. It can seem deceptively simple, but there is a great deal of sophistication behind it. Because
The Impertinently Curious
don’t understand the nobility of Don Quixote, their music is more repetitive and dissonant than much of what we heard earlier. In
, Dulcinea is no longer the lady of the Don’s dreams. She is bent over a washtub that Rosenmann-Taub describes in the simplest of motifs. She has become real and perhaps much more interesting.
tells of the end of a lovely dream. If you know a little Spanish or you have the patience to follow his verses with the booklet and then listen to his music, you will enjoy this disc. The sound of the piano is a bit murky, but that instrument is often hard to record clearly. This disc is not for everyone, but it can be a great deal of fun for bilinguals and English-speaking listeners with a bit of patience.
FANFARE: Maria Nockin
Works on This Recording
En un lugar de la Sangre by David Rosenmann-Taub
David Rosenmann-Taub (Piano)
Notes: David Rosenmann-Taub performs both piano and spoken word in these works.
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