The straw man - after 'El Pelele' by Goya (2020)
for viola or violin solo
This painting by Goya is one of the cartoons for the tapestries in Carlos IV´s office at El Escorial. The blanket-tossing of a doll is used here by Goya as a clear allegory of women´s domination of men.
Instead of translating 'El Pelele' with 'The straw manikin', I chose for Robert Hughe's 'The straw man'.
To me, the painting is suggesting a lot of movement and caprice. The last thirteen bars depict a scene which is not in the painting, namely my idea that after the game, the women had left the doll somewhere on the ground or they had just tossed it away, leaving it in a sad and forlorn state.