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The Lovers of Teruel

The Lovers of Teruel was composed in 2023. It is for a mixed trio, comprising of Soprano Voice, Classical Guitar and Piano. It is inspired by the well-known Spanish folk tale of the same name.

Duration: c. 7 minutes, 15 seconds.

The work takes some influence from Spanish musical styles, and utilises a lilting, romantic
feel to convey both the love and the tragedy of the story. Both major and minor tonalities
are used throughout to create moments of dissonance and clarity, which reflects different emotional moments in the story. The piece should be performed lyrically and passionately, with a sense
of emotive romanticism and a deep sorrow.

The vocalist is the storyteller for the work, taking the perspective of Isabel, who is one of the two lovers in the story. The piano and guitar provide the harmonic and stylistic context, as well
as the momentum for the work. The first sections of the piece act as a guitar and piano
feature before the vocalist begins, which sets the scene and establishes the sense of
love and loss that is inherent to the story.


Arabella Riepler (Voice), Don Nguyen (Guitar), Nicholas Till (Piano). November 14, 2023. East Recital Hall, Sydney, Australia. International Premiere.

Price: $50

Download Score Sample

View a sample of the sheet music.


View a video of a performance and listen to the work.

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