In Il profumo di Lasso Op. 26, the Madrid-born composer Manuel Tévar pays homage to the Renaissance polyphonist Orlando di Lasso. An eclectic language and literal quotations from Lasso’s compositions make up this work, which, according to the composer himself, exudes “fragrances, aromas, reminiscences of sounds, textures of sensations in a reunion between music and poetry”.
Alberto Carretero’s work Étude d’intensité was premiered during this third year of Composers Sub-35. In this piece, which incorporates plays of light as part of the creative result, Carretero explores the concept of intensity using a slow tempo, in the manner of a Negro spiritual or a flamenco soleá.
Rubén L. Someso composed El abismo de los ángeles in 2008 for the Grupo Cosmos 21. Structured in one movement, the work begins with a sombre and static atmosphere before reaching a more agitated central section with more brilliant timbres. Finally, the music returns to a calm tempo until it fades into silence.
The young composer Luis Román was responsible for Albariza, premiered at the headquarters of the Foundation by the Grupo Cosmos 21 during the third season of Composers Sub-35. Román’s interest in the physical nature of sound is expressed in the exploration of the diverse timbral possibilities of the instruments in a very delicate sound world: silence is both the point of departure and arrival, and the reference point during the work’s evolution.
Large masses of sound and intense gestures arranged according to statistical procedures make up A Vulgar Display of Power, a work by Germán Alonso premiered by the Grupo Cosmos 21 in 2012.
Así me lo trajo el viento, a work by the versatile Aurora Aroca (La Coruña, 1979), evolves with an arched structure that begins and ends in silence. In between, the echo of falling drops becomes the work’s primary material. Premiered at the Fundación Juan March in 2008, it was performed there again during the third season of Composers Sub-35, on 8 October 2014.