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encantada (2010)

Medium: Solo Vibraphone
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2010
Duration: 4:30
Difficulty: Grade 4

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Vibraphone (3-octave)

 is based on harmonic material from my the first movement of my Concerto for Vibraphone. The title (meaning "enchanted") is derived from the poem La Luz Encantada ("Enchanted Light") by Pablo Neruda, also used for the second movement of the vibraphone concerto.

Ode to Enchanted Light by Pablo Neruda

Under the trees light
has dropped from the top of the sky,
like a green
latticework of branches,
on every leaf,
drifting down like clean
white sand.
A cicada sends its sawing song
high into the empty air.
The world is
a glass overflowing
with water.

While the piece is harmonically very chromatic, it is filled with beautiful, memorable melodies that attempt to capture the wonder of this poignant poem. The slow & rubato nature of Encantada is a very different representation of the poem than the vibe concerto, which is very bright & sparkling.