Absence (Carbajo, Víctor)

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Work Title Ausencia
Alternative. Title Absence
Composer Carbajo, Víctor
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IVC 23
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1999
Librettist Lope de Vega (1562-1635)
Language Spanish
Average DurationAvg. Duration 4.5 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation soprano, mezzosoprano (or contralto), piano
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On sonnet by Lope de Vega (1562-1635):

Ausencia

Ir y quedarse, y con quedar partirse,
partir sin alma, y ir con alma ajena,
oír la dulce voz de una sirena
y no poder del árbol desasirse;

arder como la vela y consumirse
haciendo torres sobre tierna arena;
caer de un cielo, y ser demonio en pena,
y de serlo jamás arrepentirse;

hablar entre las mudas soledades,
pedir prestada, sobre fe, paciencia,
y lo que es temporal llamar eterno;

creer sospechas y negar verdades,
es lo que llaman en el mundo ausencia,
fuego en el alma y en la vida infierno.

Absence

To go and stay, to stay and split apart,
to part without a soul and make your way
with someone else’s soul; to have to stay
bound to the mast while a siren tempts your heart;

to burn straight down the wick until you’re spent,
constructing castles on the softest sand;
to tumble from a heaven and be damned,
a tortured demon, never to repent;

to speak among hushed solitudes; to accrue
on faith a debt of patience; to proclaim
eternal all this fleeting daily strife;

to trust suspicions and suspect what’s true
is what the world calls absence: it’s a flame
within your soul, a hell within your life.