Inspired by the poem Las Cadenas del Amor by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the music practically flowed out of my soul when I began writing it. Full of colorful yet chilling darkness with moments of heat, it also displays degrees of light in various prism forms which alternate with an occasional flash.
The poem seemed to beg me to co-create degrees of range, texture, musical color, intensity and mystery, using mezzo soprano as a vehicle reflected by piano, flute and alto flute.
Written at the invitation of Anna Tonna for Mujeres en Musica to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’s and Shakespeare’s deaths (1616, one day apart), the premiere performances were given in Madrid and New York in 2017 and '18. Writing Las Cadenas del Amor was a work of love.