Oda a las Ranas (Fine, Vivian)
Veil of Isis vocal ensemble
Jane Lenoir, flute; William Banovetz, oboe; Carol Negro, bassoon;
Sandra Mabee, percussion; Joan Gallegos, conductor
Vivian Fine Estate
Recorded live July 29, 1983, Berkeley, California
|Work Title||Oda a las Ranas|
|Year/Date of Composition||1980|
|First Performance||1981-06-13 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
|Librettist||Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)|
|Average Duration||11 1/2 minutes|
|Instrumentation||Women’s chorus, flute, oboe, cello and percussion|
Fine divided the women’s choir into four parts and chose a simple instrumentation of flute, oboe, and cello with a colorful array of percussion using ratchets, gongs, cymbals, castanets, and vibraphone. The vibraphone provides pitch support, and at one point…the voices are asked to match the vibraphone timbre. Like she did in the nightingale texts in previoius music, Fine enjoyed writing froglike text painting, using quivering figures and doubly dotted rhythms to portray the text and having the cello add percussive textures of snapped and glissandi pizzicati. Frequently the voices are doubled by the instruments, making Oda a las Ranas accessible.
- —Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999