Notes and Editorial Reviews
The preparation of this cantata has its origin in the poetic text written by Luciano González Sarmiento in 2015, which served the libretto for the music composed by Tomás Marco the next year (2016). Organized in five episodes, The devastated island is a description of mankind in her decline, compelled to live in the loneliness of a devastated island, where she faces the agonizing dilemma between life and death, a dilemma solved by the loving experience reconstructed in the warm sea of the Nereids. It is a work of evocative poetics that tries to fuse together music and word, and to flow by all its timbre, prosodic and phonetic parameters, broken-down in each of the characters according to their experiential features. The narrator acts as a “corypheus” transmitting his woes; the shadow (mezzosoprano) as an oracle of predictions; the choir as the collective expression and the discourse nexus between the main characters of a complex plot and the twilight (tenor) that personifies mankind, castaway in the crossroad of her decline, lost in the stagnation of her own nature.