AMOR DE MI ALMA
(You are the lover of my soul)
Z. Randall Stroope, composer
Grant Harper, tenor
Solo voice (high) and piano
Garcilaso de la Vega (1503-1536) wrote Soneto V (Amor de mi alma). He is a vivid example of a Renaissance individual, skilled in music, arms, letters and the battles of love. His poetic output is not large – only 38 sonnets and a few songs and odes – but the high quality places him among the finest of Spanish Renaissance poets. He was born into an aristocratic family, mastered five languages, and was on the imperial guard of Charles I. He died in military combat at the age of 33.
Z. Randall Stroope wrote an earlier choral version of this work (SATB/unaccompanied or piano) that is available from Walton Music. This solo version is only available through www.zrstroope.com.
$5.95 for two copies (singer/pianist)