Cecilia Valdes: Cuban Zarzuela in Two Acts (Choral Score)

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EBM MP800002/ HL 327311

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Detailed Instrumentation: 
Soloists: Sop 2Ms.Ten.Bar.HighVoice, SATB Chorus, 2(Picc).2.2.2: Timp.Perc(3-6): Pno.Hp: Str
Cecilia Valdes is a Cuban Zarzuela based on the novel by Cirilo Villaverde. It is a work of importance for its quality, and its revelation of the interaction of classes and races in Havana, Cuba. The story takes place in colonial Cuba around 1830. The young and beautiful woman of mixed race, Cecilia Valdés, is the illegitimate daughter of powerful land magnate and slave trader, Cándido de Gamboa. Leonardo de Gamboa is his legitimate son. Leonardo falls in love with Cecilia, not realizing that she is his own half-sister, and they become lovers. At the same time, a poor black musician, José Dolores Pimienta, is also hopelessly in love with Cecilia. Cecilia rejects Pimenta's advances and conceives Leonardo's son.
1. Prelude: Instrumental on selections from love theme “El corazon no sabe mentir”
3. Yo Soy Cecilia Valdes Salida de Cecilia (Song of Cecilia)
6. Lamento de la Esclava (The Slave’s Lament)