Oda a las Ranas (Fine, Vivian)




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Publisher Info. Vivian Fine Estate
Performers Veil of Isis vocal ensemble
Jane Lenoir, flute; William Banovetz, oboe; Carol Negro, bassoon;
Sandra Mabee, percussion; Joan Gallegos, conductor
Misc. Notes Recorded live July 29, 1983, Berkeley, California
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Work Title Oda a las Ranas
Alternative. Title Ode to Frogs
Composer Fine, Vivian
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IVF 46
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1980
First Performance. 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
Librettist Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)
Language Spanish
Average DurationAvg. Duration 11 1/2 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Women’s chorus, flute, oboe, cello and percussion

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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