||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
||Oda a las Ranas
||Ode to Frogs
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||1981-06-13 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Anna Crusis Women’s Ensemble, Jean Leavitt, narrator,
Lore Silverberg, flute, Mary Ellen Corwin, oboe, Lori Barnett, cello, Flossie Ierardi, percussion, Catherine Roma, conductor
||Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)
|Average DurationAvg. Duration
||11 1/2 minutes
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
||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