Like a good handful of works in my catalogue, Nada te turbe (Let nothing disturb you) was written at the suggestion of the versatile Luciano González Sarmiento, who managed to “provoke” a group of six composers (Eduardo Soto Millán, Francisco Novel Sámano, Alfredo Rugeles, Tomás Marco, Carlos Cruz de Castro and myself) to write an equal number of melologues for reciter and piano on texts by Santa Teresa de Jesús, in commemoration in 2015 of the V Centenary of her birth.
The selected texts were both poetic and from mystical works. For my melologue I chose the beautiful poem entitled Let nothing disturb you, a prayer actually, which apparently the Santa had handwritten on a piece of paper to mark the pages of her breviary.
Santa Teresa's manuscript of the first stanza of the poem
The music follows the structure of the poem and the contrasting character of its ten stanzas, which range from the mystical to the gloomy -in reference to hell- going through the ecstatic, as it could not be less coming from Santa Teresa.
Program of the premiere of Let nothing disturb you (Alba de Tormes, June 7, 2015)
Marisa Blanes and Manuel Galiana, in Alba de Tormes concert (June 7, 2015)
Let nothing disturb you was premiered, together with the other commissioned works, in the concert entitled "Melologues in honor of Santa Teresa", held on June 7, 2015 at the Teatro de la Villa "Santiago y San Marcos" in Alba de Tormes (Salamanca), performed by the actor Manuel Galiana and the pianist Marisa Blanes, who were also protagonists of the recording released that same year by the IBS Classical label.
Cover and back cover of the CD "Melologues in honor of Santa Teresa" (IBS Classical, 2015)
The score, along with that of the other premiered works, was published in 2015 by Enlaces Sonoros Editorial.