Hilda Paredes (1957)

Homenaje a Remedios Varo (1995)

for ensemble

  • General information
    • Composition date: 1995
      Revision dates: 1996
    • Duration: 12 mn
    • Publisher: University of York Music Press
    • Dedication: Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble pour leur vingtième anniversaire
Detailed formation
  • flute (also piccolo), clarinet (also A clarinet, Eb clarinet, bass clarinet), percussionist, piano, violin, cello

Premiere information

  • Date: January 1996

    États-Unis, Pennsylvanie, Pittsburgh


    The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, direction : David Stock.

  • Date: August 1996

    Allemagne, Darmstadt


    l'ensemble Musikfabrik.


Enregistrements : ensemble Psappha, direction : Paul MacLinden pour la BBC, 1996 ; London Sinfonietta, direction : Diego Mason, RTVE,  live, 2004.

Program note

It was written in 1995 as a tribute to the Spanish painter and was originated through a music theatre work based on a selection of her pictures. Each one of the five sections or short pieces that shape the work, have a subtitle that refers to specific Varo’s paintings. This is also reflected in the way the musical material is applied in each one of these five sections.

The first one is called Ciencia Inútil (Useless Science) and corresponds to the painting: Alquimia. It has the role of an introduction to the work and it also makes reference to creativity, which cannot disappear and survives by transformation processes in our materialistic and globalise society. Hilos del Destino, (Threads of Fate) is the title of the second painting/section that ends with the strings at their extreme registers, to begin the opening of the third piece: Premonición. In Arquitectura Vegetal, different voices weave a complex texture in which some voices come to the foreground before disappearing again into the tightly knit texture, where different pulses are superimposed. The piano solo is the transition to the last piece that corresponds to the last painting Remedios Varo finished before she died in 1963 in Mexico City: Naturaleza Muerta Resucitando (Still Life reviving).

Hilda Paredes.