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CoverLa Otra [level: Medium]
J. Michael Saunders: Bio and other works | Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 986 | duration: 4:50 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano, cello
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Gabriela Mistral’s dynamic, dramatic poem is given WOW treatment. A stunning piece, La Otra (the other woman) is the inner woman, the feeling woman—the one grief stricken by the devastation caused by WWII and the loss of a son. To be sung in Spanish, mature choirs looking for a centerpiece for a concert should look no further.


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CLICK HERE: Read the text
I killed a woman in me.
I didn’t love her. ’
She was the flower flaming
from the mountain cactus,
she was dryness and fire;
nothing could cool her.
Stone and sky she had
underfoot and around her;
never did she kneel
to seek the gaze of water.
Where she lay down to rest
she withered the grass
with the heat of her breath,
the ember of her face.v Her speech hardened
quick as pitch,
so no soft charm
could be released.
She couldn’t bow,
the mountain plant,
while I beside her
bowed and bent.
I left her to die,
robbing her of my heart.
She ended like
an eagle starved.
Her wings stopped beating,
she bowed down, spent,
and her quenched spark
dropped in my hand.
Her sisters still
mourn her, accuse me,
and the burning quicklime
claws me as I pass.
Going by I tell them:
“Look in the creekbeds,
from their clays
make another fire-eagle.
If you can’t,
well then, forget her!
I killed her. You, too,
you kill her!”

Gabriela Mistral


Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, Richard Nance, conductor [© all rights reserved]
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Union High School Chamber Choir, Mikkel Iverson, conductor
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2015 | Washington ACDA Summer Institute Reading Session
2014 | Rodney Eichenberger Reading Sessions
2012 | North Central ACDA Reading Session
2012 | OCDA Summer Reading Session
2011 | MO ACDA

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