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Return to Delphos

Title: Retorn to Delphos

Composer: Salvador Brotons

Instrumentation: Mezzosoprano or Baritone and String Orchestra

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Score. Text: Pere Gomila  -  Return to Delphos was composed during the spring of 2005 by commission of Caixa de Catalunya for the opening ceremony of the painting exhibition “The splendour of the ruin”.
Taking the concept of ruin as an image of a glorious past, I found my inspiration in three poems from the book “Cristalls” (Crystals) by the Menorquian poet and friend, Pere Gomila.
Return to Delphos is a piece of Mediterranean spirit in which the three poems follow on from each other as a form of presentation, journey, and conclusion.
The first poem Vital Impulse, is a call of energy and courage to start a journey in search of a lost time, intensely vivid in the poet’s memory. The myth of Delphos, symbol of a deeply lived past, encourages the beginning of a journey around the Mediterranean Sea to revive the memories.  The entire poem inspires a lively freshness, full of energy, strength and youthfulness.
The second poem Nocturne on the sea, is a contemplative intermezzo on a boat –a night scene from the “Journey on the beloved sea”. At the beginning and at the end of the poem, a magic atmosphere is created where the gentle murmur of the wind and the sea can be perceived. In the central part, as a contrast, the music becomes more agitated.
The last poem Disenchantment describes the arrival of the vessel to Delphos and the disenchantment of the poet when he observes the altered reality. He reflects on the disappointing present: Everything he had imagined and lived no longer exists, and only decaying ruins are left. With "Where this pleasure" the poet complains about this. The music becomes pitiful, as a sort of funeral march. Three questions mark an ascending progression, which comes close to despair. The passing of time has completely distorted his imaginary memory. But the poet finds himself searching for a comforting alternative. In the last verse “perhaps memory is also beauty” an internal peace is found in the sweet and awaited major chord, which finishes the piece.