Publisher: Jose Elizondo
Duration: 00:04:00
Instrumentation: cello and piano
Year: 2017
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Princesa de hadas (Fairy Tale Princess) was commissioned by Argentine poet Patricio Méndez. The title of this piece refers to a verse from a poem by Méndez, where he describes his beloved as a “fairy tale princess.” The musical material is deliberately simple, tonal, and lyrical, in an attempt to evoke the innocence and romanticism of the world created by the poet for his fairy tale princess.

The piece consists of alternating sections in minor and major modes. The former more nostalgic and evocative of romantic longing, the latter happier and playful. In the minor sections, the ¾ meter is offset just a touch, with melodic and harmonic ideas frequently coming in on the off-beat, giving the piece a rhythmic rocking quality. The melody in these sections is made out of small motives that seem almost hesitant. In the “major” sections, the rhythm is more regular and steady in the background, which allows the melody to be more expansive, lyrical and romantic.