Music piece by Alvaro Rojas for chamber orchestra and soprano: listen



So the piece has been performed and I received the mp3 file a few months later, but the interpretation is rather disappointing….

Here is my correspondance with Alvaro Rojas:

On Mar 20, 2013, at 6:35 AM, alvaro rojas wrote:

Hi Martine,

I’m glad you liked the music! As for the soprano, I completely agree with you (possibly one of the reasons why I waited so long to send it to you actually…or play it for many people for that matter). I tried coaching her on a number of more subtle interpretations, but ironically the composer had little say in the final product in this case…oh well. If i ever write a piece about Mouchette’s screeching aunt, I’ll know who to call for the part. I think a microphone, or even using a prerecorded vocal/video would be the way to go if it ever gets performed again.

Thanks for listening, and one again for letting me use your text!




On Mar 21, 2013, at 12:58 AM, Martine Neddam <> wrote:

 Dear Alvaro,

I was very happy to finally hear your piece.

I love the music, it’s delicate and funny.

But I was not impressed at all by the interpretation of the soprano. She’s miles away from sounding like a Mouchette. Her singing style is old fashioned, she has a very wide vibrato, she sings at the top of her lungs. There’s nothing seductive of charming in her way of pronouncing the words.

Maybe it’s the stage situation that doesn’t allow a more nuanced interpretation. The intimate voice, the feeling of closeness is something you can only obtain with a microphone maybe…

In any case thanks a lot for letting me listen to you music.

I hope you get the opportunity to perform it again.

All my best wishes,



On Mar 20, 2013, at 6:35 AM, alvaro rojas wrote:

Hi Martine, I hope you are doing well, its been awhile since we communicated! I’m sending you a yousendit link where you can download a recording of the piece. Sorry it has taken me so long to send you this, but I hope you enjoy it! Thanks again for letting me use your work as the basis for the piece. I’ve written a few other things since this, and none have been as much fun to work on 🙂 Best, Alvaro

 Here is earlier correspondance about this music piece

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