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Publisher: LAH Publications

Catalogue Number: LAH 36

Year: 2018

For: SSAATTBB with Alto Solo

Duration: 6:00

Absence was composed for Pro Coro Canada, directed by Michael Zaugg, during a residency in the inaugural “Choral Art: Composers and Conductors” program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, Alberta) in February 2018.

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Pablo Neruda
Translation: Donald D. Walsh

Apenas te he dejado,
vas en mí, cristalina
o temblorosa,
o inquieta, herida por mí mismo
o colmada de amor, como cuando tus ojos
se cierran sobre el don de la vida
que sin cesar te entrego.

Amor mío,
nos hemos encontrado
sedientos y nos hemos
bebido toda el agua y la sangre,
nos encontramos
con hambre
y  nos mordimos
como el fuego muerde,
dejándonos heridas.

Pero espérame
guárdame tú dulzura.
Yo te daré también
una rosa

I have scarcely left you 

When you go in me, crystalline,
Or trembling,

Or uneasy, wounded by me

Or overwhelmed with love, as when your eyes 

Close upon the gift of life

That without cease I give you.

My love, 

We have found each other

Thirsty and we have 

Drunk up all the water and the blood, 

We found each other


And we bit each other

As fire bites,

Leaving wounds in us. 

But wait for me, 

Keep for me your sweetness.

I will give you too 

A rose.