The Wandering Bird (El Pajaro Errante)

(in Memoriam Mark Walker)


This setting of the Puerto Rican folk song has an inherent narrative ‘feel’ throughout its basic structure of 29 bars and ranges through high, middle and low registers.  However, the haunting lamentation of the melody is heightened by the accompaniment of original invertible counterpoint, which elevates its innocent simplicity to rarefied spiritual levels.