The text for La nostalgia is a response to René Magritte’s 1940 Le mal du pays [Homesickness]. I originally set this poem for mezzo-soprano, viola, bass, and piano as part of La traición de las imágenes [The Treachery of Images], a song cycle inspired by eight of Magritte’s works. This choral arrangement was performed by GHOSTLIGHT Chorus on From Liberty and Fragrant Harbors.
Text in Spanish by Rebekah Driscoll:
|La neblina del río nos envuelve.
El cemento del puente nos enfría.
No nos miramos.
Él quiere correr;
|The fog from the river envelops us.
The cement of the bridge makes us cold.
We do not face each other.
He wants to run;
For information about Spanish pronunciation, read the Spanish Diction Guide.