As a modest tribute to Antonio Machado on the 75th anniversary of his death, you are listening to the song “Tu voz y tu mano” from Joaquín Rodrigo’s work Con Antonio Machado, written in 1971, commissioned by the Comisaría General de la Música and premiered on October 4, 1971 at the III Decena de Música de Sevilla by the soprano María Orán, accompanied by pianist Miguel Zanetti.
In the composer’s words, “ This collection of ten songs opens to us the world of Antonio Machado. They were composed in 1971 on texts by this much admired poet ...who was the equivalent of the flamenco cantaor, or vocalist, singing in praise of Castilla and singing of his own heart. Machado had a predilection for the blue hills and the snow-covered fields of Soria, the green pine groves, the drab holm oaks and the land of the upper Duero.He sings repeatedly of roses and mild April afternoons, of his lover with her childlike voice, who was wrenched from him so early by a Death so still.”
“The poems of Antonio Machado are short and concentrated, and as they leave many suggestions in the shadows of his feelings, they are suited to music.”