Velero de Papel (Little Sailboat)

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Composer’s Notes:

Velero de Papel is one movement from Suite for Children, a set of four songs for children set to poetry by Mexican writers.  VocalEssence Music Press currently publishes two movements from this suite: El Barquito de Papel and Velero de Papel.

The poetry in the Suite for Children, although written for children, has a profound message of universal values—one that will flourish in their lives as something positive for their intellectual and spiritual development. The main idea of this suite is to make these deep concepts of reflection accessible to children, in a simple way that is musical but also simple.

In terms of form, the children’s suite is conceived with consideration to the following: Technically, the music is simple melodically, striving for a balance between the simplicity and quality of the melodic lines; the melodies are easy for children to learn and remember. Structurally, the music is subject to the nature of the texts, with careful repetition making it easy to memorize without seeming too silly and boring.

 

Text/Translation:

Velero de Papel
Velero de papel, velero de papel.
Llévame a pasear contigo
por grandes ríos de miel.
Comienzo a escuchar, palomas
y jilgueros
Cuando viajamos juntos sobre olas de cristal.
Iremos por el Rhin, por el Sena
y por el Ebro
A mí me gustará por el Nilo navegar.
Velero de papel, velero de papel.
Llévame a pasear contigo
por grandes ríos de miel.
—Verónica Murguía
Paper Sailboat
 
Paper sailboat, paper sailboat
Take me with you
down great rivers of honey.
I begin to hear doves and
goldfinches
As we ride together over waves
of glass.
We shall go down the Rhine,
the Seine, and the Ebro
I should like to sail down
the Nile.
Paper sailboat, paper sailboat
Take me with you
down great rivers of honey.
—Translation by Katie Villaseñor

 

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