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La Magnífica Op. 40 (2011) Magnificat. A setting of the Marian hymn, for soprano voice and piano, sung in Spanish. There is a second version, Op. 40a, for mezzo-soprano and piano.
 
Canción para practicar su inglés Op. 37 (2010) A Song for Practicing your English. A setting of the poem "Forms of Love" by Kim Adonnizio, for soprano voice, viola, piano, and percussion, sung in English.
 
Canto marino Op. 35 (2008) Songs of the Sea. Three settings of poems by Rosina Conde, for soprano voice and double bass, sung in Spanish.

mp3 files (40 kbps) from a 2008 studio recording in Mexico City.  Performed by soprano Lourdes Ambriz and doublebassist Luis Antonio Rojas

  • 1. ¡Oh, Marinero!  Oh Sailor!  mp3
  • 2. Ven, sálvame de las profundidades  Come, Save Me from the Depths  mp3
  • 3. Si vieres al marinero  If you were to see the sailor  mp3

Canciones de lunas y lagartos Op. 32 (2006) Songs of Moons and Lizards. Book V of The Baja California Songbook: six settings of poems by Roberto Castillo Udiarte and Alfonso Garcia Cortez, for mezzo-soprano voice, viola and guitar, sung in Spanish.

Apuntes antes de dormir Op. 30 (2005) Notes before sleeping. Book IV of The Baja California Songbook: five settings of poems by Elizabeth Cazessús, for soprano voice, violin and piano, sung in Spanish. There is also a second version, Op. 30a (2006), for mezzo-soprano voice, viola and piano.

mp3 files (40 kbps) from a live recording of the July 2005 El cancionero bajacaliforniano, a song recital at the National Center for the Arts, in Mexico City.  Performed by soprano Lourdes Ambríz, violinist Cuauhtémoc Rivera and pianist Eduardo Arzate.

  • 1. Apuntes antes de dormir  Notes Before Sleeping  mp3
  • 2. Prueba esta manzana amor  Taste this Apple, Love  mp3
  • 3. Dame a beber de tu fuerza  Let me Drink from thy Strength  mp3
  • 4. Ceremonia  Ceremony  mp3
  • 5. El adiós  Farewell  mp3

Bajacalifornianos Op. 28 (2005) Bajacalifornians. Book III of The Baja California Songbook: five settings of poems by José Javier Villarreal, for tenor voice and piano, sung in Spanish. There is also a second version, Op. 28a (2005), for bass voice and piano.

mp3 files (40 kbps) from a live recording of the July 2005 El cancionero bajacaliforniano, a song recital at the National Center for the Arts, in Mexico City. Performed by bass Arturo López Castillo, and pianist Yolanda Martínez.

  • 1. En mañanas como ésta  On Mornings Like These  mp3   
  • 2. Entendimiento  Understanding  mp3
  • 3. Elegía frente al mar  Elegy Facing the Sea  mp3
  • 4. Mis abuelos  My Grandparents  mp3
  • 5. Tijuana  Tijuana  mp3

Siete canciones tijuanenses Op. 27 (2004) Seven Tijuana Songs. Book II of The Baja California Songbook: seven settings of poems by Francisco Bernal, Roberto Castillo Udiarte, Rosina Conde, and Alfonso Garcia Cortez, for bass voice, bassoon and piano, sung in Spanish. There is also a second version, Op. 27a (2006), for baritone voice, bassoon and piano.  Please note that the cycle was originally a set of five songs only, and the recordings only include the original five songs.

mp3 files (40 kbps) of two recordings:

A: from a live recording of the July 2005 El cancionero bajacaliforniano song recital at the National Center for the Arts, in Mexico City.  Performed by bass Arturo López Castillo, bassoonist Manuel Hernandez Fierro, and pianist Yolanda Martínez.

B: from a live recording of the February 2008 ¡El bajón en México! recital of solo and chamber music for bassoon by contemporary Mexican composers, at the University of Michigan. Performed by bass Stephen West, bassoonist Jeffrey Lyman, and pianist Daniel Pesca. 

  • 1. El amor tiene prisa  Love's in a hurry  mp3-A   mp3-B
  • 2. De preferencia  Preferably  mp3-A   mp3-B
  • 3. Tango  Tango  mp3-A   mp3-B
  • 6. Que fue de la ciudad  What became of the city  mp3-A   mp3-B
  • 7. Soneto al menudo  A Sonnet to the Menudo  mp3-A   mp3-B

The Song of the Hours Op. 25 (2004). Aria from the children's opera How Nanita Learned to Make Flan, for soprano voice, guitar duo and a bell, sung in English.

Rosiniana Op. 21 (2003) Book I of The Baja California Songbook: five settings of Rosina Conde poems, for soprano and tenor vocal duet and guitar duo, sung in Spanish

Los versos de la maestra Op. 14 (1998) The Teacher's Verses. Eight settings of Gabriela Mistral poems, for soprano voice and guitar, sung in Spanish.

mp3 files (40 kbps) from a 2001 studio recording in Mexico City.  Performed by soprano Claudia Montiel and guitarist Carlos Bernal.

  • 1. Vergüenza  Shame  mp3 
  • 2. Ausencia  Absence  mp3 
  • 3. Miedo  Fear  mp3 
  • 4. Éxtasis  Ecstacy  mp3  
  • 5. Palabras serenas  Serene Words  mp3
  • 6. Balada de la estrella  Ballad of the Star  mp3
  • 7. Canto que amabas  The Song You Loved  mp3
  • 8. El aire  The Air  mp3

Siete poemínimos Op. 9 (1995) Seven Poeminimos. Seven settings of Efraín Huerta poems, for tenor or soprano voice, and piano, sung in Spanish. There are also two other versions of this cycle: Op. 9a (1995), for tenor or soprano voice, and chamber orchestra (please go to Orchestral Music), and Op. 9b (1996), for tenor or soprano voice, two violins, violoncello, double bass, two clarinets, bassoon, trumpet, piano and percussion.

mp3 files (40 kbps) from a live recording of the July 2005 El cancionero bajacaliforniano song recital at the National Center for the Arts, in Mexico City.  Performed by soprano Lourdes Ambriz, and pianist Yolanda Martínez.

  • 1. Mansa hipérbole  Tame hyperbole  mp3
  • 2. ¡Acción!  Action!  mp3
  • 3. El cinturón  The belt  mp3
  • 4. Plagio XVI  Plagiarism  XVI  mp3
  • 5. ¡Cuás!  Crash!  mp3
  • 6. Planes  Plans  mp3
  • 7. Mercadotecnia  Marketing Technique  mp3  

Yo soy la Música Op. 8 (1995, rev.2003) I am Music. Prologue from the opera Serafina y Arcángela, for soprano voice and piano, sung in Spanish.

mp3 file (40 kbps) from a live recording of the 1995 La fuente infinita concert of new works at the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts, in Los Angeles, California. The prologue was performed by soprano Anne Marie Ketchum and pianist Susan High.

Soñando de venganza y El Casino del danzón Op. 7 (1993) Dreaming of Vengance and The Danzon Casino. Two arias from the opera Serafina y Arcángela, for soprano voice, violoncello octet and congas, sung in Spanish.

mp3 files (40 kbps) from a live recording of the July 1993 The Lo Cal Composers Ensemble' Music for eight cellos concert at the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts, in Los Angeles, California.  Arias sung by Anne Marie Ketchum, with a cello octet and percussionist conducted by Lucas Richman.

  • 1. Soñando de venganza  Dreaming of Vengance  mp3  
  • 2. El Casino del danzón  The Danzon Casino  mp3  

Cuatro poemínimos Op. 5 (1991) Four Poeminimos. Four settings of Efraín Huerta poems, for tenor or soprano voice, violin, violoncello, flute, clarinet, trumpet and percussion, sung in Spanish.

Vorrei baciarti O Filis Op. 4 (1991) I would kiss you, O Phyllis. Setting of a Giambattista Marina poem, for tenor voice and piano, sung in Italian.

Me gustas cuando callas Op. 3 (1990, rev. 1996) I like it when you are still. Setting of a Pablo Neruda poem, for tenor, alto saxophone (or clarinet), violoncello and piano, sung in Spanish.