Viejas Voces

Sergio Barroso

  • Year of composition: 1993-95
  • Duration: 9:28
  • Instrumentation: viola and stereo fixed medium
  • ISWC: T0702965545


ISRC CAD509612080

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Viejas Voces (Old Voices) for solo viola and tape is one of those pieces one has a special pleasure to write. I guess I indulged myself with intense memories of rhythms, moods, tunes, colours and gestures assimilated and enjoyed from the frenetic and lyric strong culture of my native country. Of course many of these memories are by now distorted by the efficient labour of time and distance. Like looking through a window in my mind with my old glasses. But then, that’s where the joy was. I listened capriciously to these old voices, abused my computer until it went berserk and gave me its voice in a state of absolute paroxysm, and then saw myself indistinctly as a rural troubadour or the big city carnival enthusiast writing a piece for viola and tape.

Viejas Voces was realized at Ireme Studio in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) during 1993-95 and premiered by Laura Wilcox on May 17, 1996 at the Music Gallery in Toronto. Thanks to the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA), my son Leván, Cuban violist Angel Lemus, and to Laura.


  • May 17, 1996, Laura Wilcox, viola • Concert, The Music Gallery, Toronto (Ontario, Canada)


About this recording

This version was recorded at Ireme studio in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) between June 1994 and February 1995 — sound recording: Sergio Barroso; with the assistance of Michael Maguire. Neuman and AKG microphone were used for reciding the acoustic instrument.