• 2(pic)2(ca)2(bcl)2(cbn)/2211/timp.3perc/hp.pf+cel+kbd.acn/str
  • Baritone, Mezzo Soprano (used instrumentally), Tenor
  • 2 hr 3 min

Programme Note

Commissioned by Teatro de la Zarzuela

María Moliner (mezzo soprano)
Fernando Ramón y Ferrando (baritone)
Grupo Almanaque (tenor, baritone or bass)

This work is based on the life of María Moliner, when making a virtue out of necessity and using the cultural confinement in which she was after Franco’s victory in the Spanish Civil War, she decides to carry out an astonishing idea: to write in her home and on her own a dictionary with such a strength it could made blush the Royal Academy of Spanish language.

We witness the bits and pieces of María Moliner’s daily life, which go by monotonous, in silence, obstinate, defining and accumulating words in spite of the unjust rejection of the Academy of Language in accepting her as a member of the institution. We witness her vibrant and magical inner world, which travels from one time to another, disclosing her intuitions, nostalgias, fears, fantasies, renunciations and passions. We are witnesses of the first symptoms of the cruel illness, which will immense her to the oblivion of all the words she defined.