No volverán (They won’t come back)

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The Spanish poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836-70) wrote a long series of poems about a love affair that ended. I have used two of these poems as the basis for songs.

This one comes fairly late in the sequence, when he finally seems able to accept that the affair really is over. He is saying (ostensibly to his lost love, but probably also to himself) something like: “Yes, of course life goes on. But nothing will ever be the same again.”

My thanks are due to Juan Ortega Aragón for his helpful guidance relating to the setting of the Spanish text.

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Year of composition
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
Difficult (Grades 7+)
4 minutes
Voice + keyboard
Modern classical music
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