Bichos de Arrepiar!
Coro infantil e Piano
I wrote these eighteen songs between the 28th and the 31st of March 2008 having Joana Raposo in mind, who, as in the previous cycles, produced the illustrations. The majority of the chosen animals belong of course, to the sort that is dangerous and deadly, most of which, one way or the other, none of us would desire to encounter when entering the bedroom or the shower. They, on the other hand, would not be bothered by the encounter and would even take advantage of the meeting to socialize a little, sharpening their claws and teeth, testing their venoms and poisonous gases, or trying out their stings. Yet, the real danger of some of them (like for instance the newt or the spider) originates from popular myths, which, sadly, have been leading to their extermination.
Curiously, in “Newt” there is – in one of the last bars - a short excerpt from a wellknown theme from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, a private joke with the euphony of a composer that shares his first name with me. "Scorpion" is a parody of the well-known North-American melody (Shaker) that belongs to the realm of the popular religious culture, Simple Gifts, and at the end of “Skunk" one can find a witty quote from a melodic fragment removed from Leoš Janáček children vocal cycle Říkadla (Nursery Rhymes).
Like in previous cycles, the styles are eclectic, ranging from Jazz to Rock, Balkan Folk to Parisian Waltz and Salsa, yet rearranged in a sophisticated manner.
No dynamics are expressed in this cycle’s music sheet, and apart from some articulations, relatively little expression signs are designated either, so that the maestro can, independently, work on these settings with the choir. I do however believe that each and every song is already relatively obvious in its dynamic and expressive demands.