Fragments of Solitude is based on the exquisite translation of Luis de Góngora’s The Solitudes by Edith Grossman, published in 2012. The work is immense, so I have taken glimpses and fragments of the text rather than whole 2000 lines but I thoroughly recommend reading the full text if this piece has interested you in any way.
Rather than a strict setting of Góngora’s narrative I instead wanted to follow the fragments of the pilgrim’s journey as a metaphor of self-exploration and the power and terror of solitude, the time when we get know ourselves.
Each song deals with a different section of the pilgrim’s journey and another aspect of the self.
released December 14, 2015
Composer: Cameron Lam
Author: Luis de Góngora
Translator: Edith Grossman
Soprano: Amelia Golding
Piano: Alison Cameron
Sound Engineer: James Passfield
Cover Art: Hayden Shepherd Photography