Gerardo Guevara, Ecuadorian composer born in Quito (1930) is one of the key composers in Ecuador. His work combines native music with contemporary techniques.
The departing evening leaves with something that is mine
My pain of living is a pain of loving
And, to the sound of the raindrops in the old alleyway,
I am invaded by an infinite desire to weep...
That these are but childish things, you tell me... Oh, who could grant me
a perpetual infantile innocence?
To be of the kingdom of daylight and of spring,
of the singing nightingale and of April dawns!
Ah! To be puerile, to be pure, a singer, a soft till,
a perfuome or a song, a sunset or sunrise;
Like the flower that scents life and does not know it,
Like the starlight that lights up the night and ignores it!