• cello, piano
  • 9 min

Programme Note

Composer note:
Adagio para Amantaní is in homage to the island of Amantani that I visited in the summer of 2006. Situated in the middle of Lake Titicaca between Peru and Bolivia, the island is both beautiful and barren, and its inhabitants absolutely depend on their relationships of compadrazgo in order to survive the cold and arid climate.

The word compadrazgo refers to a quintessentially Latin American idea: It signifies a special kind of camaraderie such as the bond between godparent and godchild or the friendliness between neighbors who might borrow sugar from one another.

— Gabriela Lena Frank