Images from The Old Gringo [Vln-Cl-Pno]
David Maslanka

Images from "The Old Gringo"

Eleven Little Pieces

for Violin, Clarinet in Bb, and Piano
21 min.   •   
   •   Grade 6

Images was composed on a whim. As I read the novel, The Old Gringo, by Carlos Fuentes I found myself underlining phrases and passages of striking imagery. Out of more than fifty of these I selected eleven as the basis for brief tone poems – lines such as the following:

  • “Loneliness is an absence of time.”
  • “Your soul is no different than your dreams. Both are instantaneous.”
  • “…unforgettable wounds…”

The pieces are studies in instrumental color, and range from quietly interior to wildly virtuosic.

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