Vendaval de Luvina

(Solo piano with prerecorded digital audio).
Total duration 5:40 (2010)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Commissioned in 2010 by pianist Teresa McCollough.
One movement work. 5 pages, 8.5" x 11".

Premiered in November 2010 in Santa Clara, CA by Teresa McCollough, piano.

Audio excerpt demo recorded by Alex Shapiro.

Audio of the voice of Juan Rulfo reading from his short story, Luvina, gratefully used with permission of Fundacion Juan Rulfo.


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(Solo piano).
Total duration ca. 5 minutes (2007)
Published by Activist Music (ASCAP).
Commissioned in 2007 by pianist Ana Cervantes.
One movement work. 5 pages, 8.5" x 11".

Premiered in November 2007 in Mexico City, Mexico by Ana Cervantes, piano.

Recorded by Ana Cervantes, piano.

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"Wherever you look in Luvina, it's a very sad place. You're going there, so you'll find out. I would say it's the place where sadness nests... the breeze that blows there moves it around but never takes it away." Such is the bleak world described in the late Mexican author Juan Rulfo's short story, "Luvina," about villagers living in a grim desert of dire poverty and hopelessness. Absorb the haunting lilt of Rulfo's own voice, reading passages from "Luvina" as the music transports us to a place where slow and insistent burdens are met with simple, unquestioning acceptance.



The doleful song of Juan Rulfo's ragged voice moved me so much, that shortly after I composed the original version of this piece for solo piano, Luvina, I chose to create an additional version of the piece that included excerpts of his reading, along with a pointed electronic soundscape that would bring Rulfo's grim descriptions further to life. The oppressive gusts of the endless wind are reflected in the title, Vendaval de Luvina.

Solo Rumores
Luvina is featured on pianist Ana Cervantes' CD, Solo Rumores (Quindecim Recordings 186), recorded in August 2007 as part of a two-CD collection of works Ms. Cervantes commissioned to reflect the writings of Juan Rulfo. For more information about this project, please click here



A [non-performing!] pianist herself, Alex has always loved composing for the instrument, and Activist Music has created a collection of her solo piano works, available as a set of .pdf downloads. Ranging from short offerings to those with multiple movements, these idiomatic pieces reveal a broad swath of emotions.

The acoustic version of Vendeval de Luvina, titled Luvina, is among the works included in Shapiro's 2019 album release of her piano music, recorded by Adam Marks at the Yamaha Artist Services studios in New York City.

For complete information about the published collection and the upcoming album, click HERE. read


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Click the photo below to enjoy this video of
Ana Cervantes
performing the acoustic version of this peice, LUVINA, at the
Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, October 2015.

(The music begins 55 seconds after Ana's spoken introduction).

Ana Cervantes video link


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