Music composition for organ, violin, keyboards and electronics, about Ana de Silva, youngest daughter of the Eboli Princess,

imprisoned with her mother in the Ducal Palace of Pastrana at the age of 8.


The composition was premiered in the XVII Festival Ducal of Pastrana, Spain, the 13th July, 2018.

It was performad by the composer playing the Colegiata seventeenth century organ, Carlos Cámara (violín) and Paola Mitrovic (keyboards).


Silent Songs

... and here, in this little world of stone walls, I wait for (await) the moment to caress the breeze through the grate. I make mine the life of those I see down there. Then, after the time of daydreaming with lives that do not belong to me, I close my eyes and dream ... I dream of the rain caressing my face, I dream of the stars, of the shadow under the trees, of the wind. I dream and I hope, hope ... I just hope and ... dream, dream.


SILENT SONGS for ANA de Silva and Mendoza, a unique name for two very different circumstances.


Through the musical work SILENT SONGS, the composer narrates what could have been for a girl of eight years the imprisonment with her mother in the Ducal Palace of Pastrana during 11 years. The time that would pass slowly waiting for the long-desired moment to admire the Plaza de la Hora without surely understanding the reason why she did not scamper like the rest of the children, nor felt the wind on her face, nor chatted happily as she saw the others down there.

Counting on the submission that is supposed in the ladies of that time and much more even in children, the music shows us a completely current vision of what, from the point of view of the composer, would be the resigned feelings and emotions that would inhabit the

inside of that child's mind.


Loaded with symbolism, the work contains representations such as the violin that symbolizes the deepest and innermost feeling,

the piano, the tears

the voice the silent shout to the outside

the organ acts as a narrator.


The work is divided into 4 sections: dreams, by way of scenes.

Dream 1: the confinement

Dream 2: The Square of the hour

Dream 3: Internal conflict

Dream 4: Let me dream

The silent pieces are mixed with others that show the universe on the other side of the palace's gate, as a representation of the two worlds

and the two Anas.


Throughout the work we find completely original pieces and others based on works of the Renaissance that have been recomposed adapting them to the medium of interpretation. The music has been written using Renaissance techniques from a current point of view that make this work an approach between the music of the XVIth century and the post-minimal of the 21st.


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