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Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 #2682215
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Please do not post in this thread - use the discussion thread!

Welcome to the Spanish Latin American Themed Recital! Fifteen pianists have performed 29 pieces representing composers from Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

A separate thread has been created for discussion:
Spanish Themed Recital discussion thread

A template has been created for those who wish to provide individualized feedback:
Spanish Themed Recital Response Template

There are three ways to listen to the recital:

You can listen to individual performances below.

You can use the Online Streaming Player

Or you can download the zip files:
span1.zip
span2.zip
span3.zip
span4.zip

You can also listen to previous ABF recitals through the ABF Recital Index

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this recital. Special thanks Monica and Sam for your advice with recital management and of course to everyone who has made the recitals possible here on ABF.

DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD!

Time to listen and ENJOY!




Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682216
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Performer's name:dire tonic
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Title of piece:Chega de Saudade
Composer:Antonio Carlos Jobim
Duration:03:06
Source of music:own arrangement
Instrument used:VPC1/Garritan CFX
Recording method:Cubase
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Memory's a bit of a problem these days so decided finally to get to grips with Sibelius scoring for drafting this out, which itself cut into the time left for an eleventh-hour effort hence a couple of edits to ease the task. There's quite a lot I'd have changed if I'd had the sense to start earlier but panic set in and didn't have the time to remedy an overly busy final quarter of the song which is reprised after the 'solo'. Filched a couple of bars from the Corea/Burton version to slot between the minor and major sections.

Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682217
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Performer's name:mel_lem/Melanie
From:Malaysia
Experience:Retarted since December 2016
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/mel_lem22/tracks
Title of piece:Os Pintinhos no Terreiro
Composer:Zequinha de Abreu
Duration:03:29
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CLP-120
Recording method:Live audio recorded through line-in into Garageband running on iPad.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece is definitely out of my current level. I have been working on it since early August, and yet it took me a few weekends attempting to record a take without major mistakes. One cruel wakeup call when I was recording it -> I do not have the stamina to keep up with the flow of the music, guess I will have to keep working on building up my stamina for longer pieces. Another challenge is how this piece should be played stylistically. The notes and the rhythms are not challenging, the difficult part is how to make it sound like Choro, which beat to accent etc. Also, this should be played more upbeat and fast.

My favourite part is section B. laugh

Lunch was curry pork chop with rice!

I hope you enjoy my submission. Thank you for listening!



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682218
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Performer's name:UnderConstruction
From:Australia
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Experience:2.5 years as a child, returning adult for the past almost 3 years I think?
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/xtGvLiSuimE
Title of piece:Remando
Composer:Ernesto Nazareth
Duration:02:13
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha GC1
Recording method:iPad + Tascam
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Last minute decision to record and submit a piece for this recital. Probably the last piece I record on this piano before the new piano comes!



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682220
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Cancion y Danza #14
Composer:Federico Mompou
Duration:04:29
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Federico Mompou was a composer born in Barcelona, of a Catalonian father and French mother. His musical education was in Paris, and his unique style of composition first became known, and admired, in 1920s France. The difficulties of the War years eventually prompted him to return to Barcelona, where he remained for the remainder of his considerably long life (1893-1987).

His 15 Canciones y Danzas were written not as a set, but individually, over a time span of 60 years or so. More typically, they were his unique, elegant settings of a Folk Song and a Dance, although he did create a few "from scratch". The Cancion y Danza #14 was written in 1979, when he was 85 years old. The Cancion is based on the song "Petiteta l'Han Casada"; the Danza, "La Danza de Castel Terso (Canco del Lladro).



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682221
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Divagacio
Composer:Xavier Montsalvatge
Duration:03:33
Source of music:Sheet Music (Boileau)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Xavier Montsalvatge was born in Barcelona, Catalonia Spain, in 1912. He received his training in Madrid, and first made his mark in the 1940s, particularly for a set of songs called Canciones Negras. He later made his mark in the Barcelona area as a music critic as well as a composer throughout the 1950s and 60s, and later returned to teaching while maintaining an active compositional presence in both the Opera and Orchestral world. He died in 2002.

His "Divagacio" (Digression, roughly translated) was written in 1949, "per a l'admirada Alicia de Larrocha", who was only 26 years old at the time, but had already established herself as one of Spain's finest up-and-coming ambassadors. Of course, she was later to become the stuff of legend.



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682222
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Performer's name:Whizbang (Chris)
Experience:35+
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Home page link:http://youtube.com/user/Aeschala
Title of piece:Oblivion
Composer:Astor Piazzolla
Duration:03:54
Source of music:Sheet music. Arrangement by Viktoriya Yermolyeva
Instrument used:Fandrich Piano Company U-122
Recording method:Zoom R24
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Despite my focus on ragtime, Astor Piazzolla is probably my favorite composer ever. However, he composed for ensemble. This makes finding good piano arrangements difficult to impossible, because the arrangers have to condense five or more instruments into a faithful representation of the original.

I ran across a performance of this arrangement on YouTube and the performer, Viktoriya Yermolyeva, also had prepared a sheet version of it.

I don't have a video recording this time. My phone ran out of storage space in the middle of recording this take.

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Title of piece:Milonga del Angel
Composer:Astor Piazzolla
Duration:03:34
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel Grand
Recording method:H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Milonga Del Angel was composed by Piazzolla in 1965 for his quintet that consisted of bandeon, double bass, electric guitar, piano and violin. He was forging a new fusion sound of classical and jazz with Argentinian tango thrown in. I am not sure who transcribed the piece for solo piano. I found the piece in the RCM Grade 8 book that was circulating a few years ago, but believe it has been dropped in the most recent syllabus. I added the trills and rolled chord at the end.



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Title of piece:Libertango
Composer:Astor Piazzolla
Duration:03:36
Source of music:A mix.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One thing I've discovered about this tune is that there appears to be as many arrangements for it as there are performances of it. So, here is another.

The rhythm I am using for the A section I got from an arrangement by Gregorius. The last time I did a small piece of Libertango, I'd made it into a medley for a past recital. At the time I did not attempt the rhythm with counter-melody plus the main melody from this same Gregorius arrangement as it was looking too tough and out of reach. It felt like I needed 3 hands. I'd come up with something else. This time I've tried it. I'm happy it has come along as well as it has (the A sections that is) but it is still a work in progress to get nicer. It was difficult for me in the beginning of restoring this and I was not drawn to it. As it started coming together, it has become more enjoyable to practice and fun to play as it really has a very cool sound to it I think, when the melody, counter-melody and rhythm start working well together. The rest is my own interpretation of how I've remembered it going from the arrangements I'd heard and then putting the components together into some sort of playable arrangement for me. This is my 3rd recording of it now and they are all very different. The versions have progressed in difficulty, I can say that much. The sound though will always take more work. It's been a challenging piece.

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Experience:Classical piano lessons from age 6 to 18, playing without a teacher since
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Title of piece:Por una cabeza
Composer:Carlos Gardel
Duration:02:28
Source of music:Based on sheet music by Adam Cuerden (2008)
Instrument used:1968 Sauter 108 upright with retrofit Pianodisc GT2 mini silent system
Recording method:Silent system via MIDI cable to notebook with Galaxy Vintage D, recorded with Savihost plugin
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From:Hamburg, Germany
Experience:Classical piano lessons from age 6 to 18, playing without a teacher since
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Title of piece:Intermezzo No. 1
Composer:Manuel Ponce
Duration:02:40
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:1968 Sauter 108 upright with retrofit Pianodisc GT2 mini silent system
Recording method:Silent system via MIDI cable to notebook with Galaxy Vintage D, recorded with Savihost plugin
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Danza de la Pastora
Composer:Ernesto Halffter
Duration:03:53
Source of music:Sheet Music (Boileau)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Ernesto Halffter comes out of a family very much devoted to Classical Music, although not of it, in the direct sense. He was educated in Madrid, and over a long period became a well-known name in Spanish music circles, over many decades. This piece comes from a Ballet entitled "Sonatina", written in the late 20s (i.e., when he was young and upcoming). Like a lot of his early music, Scarlatti was clearly his muse, and this piece has all the earmarks of a Scarlatti Sonata.



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Experience:Classical piano lessons from age 6 to 18, playing without a teacher since
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Title of piece:Romanza de Amor
Composer:Manuel Ponce
Duration:03:51
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:1968 Sauter 108 upright with retrofit Pianodisc GT2 mini silent system
Recording method:Silent system via audio grabber from headphone jack to notebook, then Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:To my mind, the original piano sound of the silent system is not smooth enough for this piece. I should have recorded it from Galaxy Vintage D.



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Performer's name:Pianist685
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Title of piece:Scherzino Mexicano
Composer:Manuel Ponce
Duration:02:23
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:1968 Sauter 108 upright with retrofit Pianodisc GT2 mini silent system
Recording method:Silent system via audio grabber from headphone jack to notebook, then Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I am still wondering what a Mexican Scherzino (small Scherzo) should sound like. I listened to some piano and guitar recordings of the piece on Youtube, played by Mexican musicians, and all of them play it in a romantic way with lots of extreme Latin-American rubato, thus, making it sad-sweet. So I have imitated that way of playing since it seems to be correct. However, a Scherzo or Scherzino, from the original meaning of the word (scherzo, ital. = joke), should be merry and lively. Do the Mexicans have some special understanding what a joke is?



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Performer's name:Kalos Piano
From:Italy
Experience:about 2 years
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Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/kalos-piano
Title of piece:"Prelude" from "Seis Hojas De Album"
Composer:Isaac Albeniz
Duration:01:49
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Instrument used:Roland FP30
Recording method:Audio recorded via the keyboard's built-in recorder. Converted into WAV via Pianoteq and then converted into MP3 via Audacity.
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Title of piece:Cubana
Composer:Manuel de Falla
Duration:04:14
Source of music:Sheet Music (Kalmus)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Manuel de Falla is one of the better-known Spanish composers from turn-of-the century Spain. He was regarded in his early years as exceptionally gifted in Madrid, and as a result went to Paris to learn from "the best". The "Cubana" is the second in a series entitled simply "Four Spanish Pieces", which he wrote in 1908 and is still regarded as his first really significant contribution to the solo piano literature.



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Performer's name:PianogrlNW (Ellen)
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Title of piece:Malaguena
Composer:Isaac Albeniz
Duration:04:30
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel Grand
Recording method:H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Albeniz composed Rumores del la Caleta, malaguena in 1887, as part of a collection of seven pieces entitled Recuerdos de Viaje (Opus 71), or Travel Memoirs. His piano compositions captured the spirit and atmosphere of Spanish cities and countryside and he incorporated Spanish folk idioms such as the dances that were popular at the time. Malaguena has a back and forth quality, with a measure of the lyrical melody followed by a rhythmic staccato accompaniment in the following measure, almost as if the accompaniment was played by another instrument. The piece has a melancholy, soulful mood that I tried to capture.



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Performer's name:SwissMS/Doris
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Title of piece:Spanish Dances - Oriental op. 5 #2
Composer:Granados
Duration:05:36
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Bosendorfer 214VC
Recording method:Zoom HD4 to Audacity
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Additional info:Historically many cultures inhabited Spain. "Oriental" connveys the exotic cultures of the Moors, and the Gypsies who remained in Spain for centuries, dwelling mainly in the southern region of Andulucia. The B section evokes the expressive style found in cante Flamenco.

The greatest challenge in the piece for me was that most of the piece is to be played piano or pianisimo. It was difficult for me to learn to subdue the left hand against a right hand in the upper registers, without the right hand sounding harsh. Hence this piece was more of a challenge than I expected.

This is a one take recording. It has some warts, but it is indicative of how I would perform it at the moment.



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Performer's name:Barbaram
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Title of piece:Danza de la moza donosa
Composer:Ginastera
Duration:03:26
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CS8
Recording method:Digital to Audacity
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Additional info:I love this piece - the sweetness, the dissonance, the romance of it. It was a real stretch for me when I started with it, still is really.

I submitted this to an ABF quarterly recital last year. I wasn't entirely satisfied with where I had got to, but I had taken it as far as I could at the time and needed to take a break from it.
This recital was a good motivation to return to the piece and try to make some further progress.
There's still a lot of room for improvement, and this recording is a bit sloppy in places, but I feel it's come on quite a bit on this revisit and I'm happy about that.



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Performer's name:Ganddalf
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Title of piece:Sous le Palmier
Composer:Isaac Albeniz
Duration:03:30
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N1
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Sous le Palmier is the third piece in the suite "Cantos de Espana". I chose it because it didn't sound too difficult technically. Alas, I was wrong, at least for a person with virtually no experience with Spanish music it proved to be quite challenging. I would have needed much more time to learn the piece well. It would have been easier to play with the required flow and elegance if the piece was memorized, but time didn't permit that. Turning the pages took too much of the attention, and as usual the most difficult places are around the places you have to do that. I hope that I have captured some of the sweet moments, though. It is actually a very beautiful composition.



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682240
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Performer's name:Ganddalf
From:Norway
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Title of piece:Cordoba
Composer:Isaac Albeniz
Duration:05:56
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N1
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Cordoba is the fourth piece of "Cantos de Espana". Even more difficult and longer than "Sous le Palmier". I would have needed much more time than I actually had in order to learn the piece well, but I hope that at least parts of my performance are worth listening to. Working with this music really opened my eyes for the Spanish piano music, and I will definitely continue working with these pieces and hopefully learn other Spanish pieces as well.



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682241
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Siete Piezas, #s 1, 3, 4, and 7
Composer:Blas Galindo
Duration:07:39
Source of music:Sheet Music (Ediciones Mexicanas de Musica)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Blas Galindo was a Mexican composer, born in 1910 in Jalisco, who was educated in Mexico City under the tutelage of Carlos Chavez. He was installed as head of the Music Conservatory in the late 40s, and was highly regarded throughout his lifetime in Mexico, until his death in 1993.

The "Siete Piezas para Piano" he composed in 1952 -- IMO, they very clearly exhibit the influence of Chavez, who is generally regarded as the greatest 20th Century Mexican composer. I excised 3 of the 7 pieces just in the interests of time -- i.e., MP3 space.



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682243
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Sonatina in G Minor, 1st Movement
Composer:Carlos Guastavino
Duration:05:16
Source of music:Sheet Music (Melos)
Instrument used:Kawai, 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Carlos Guastavino was a 20th century Argentinian composer, best known for his Songs, both Popular (particularly in the 1940s) and Classical. But he was in addition a fine pianist -- the Sonatina he wrote in 1947. Personally, I don't think you're "missing" anything by not having the entire Sonatina at hand; each movement very nicely stands by itself.



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682244
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Performer's name:Greener/Jeff
From:Toronto
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUVRA5SIzCA
Title of piece:Wave
Composer:Antonio Carlos Jobim
Duration:01:40
Source of music:Lead sheet.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've always loved the cool rich sound of Latin music. This is a good example of it. All that I've played of it have very great chord changes and cool rhythm. This is an old arrangement of my Dad's. I'm playing it the same way I remember playing it with gaps of years or decades. It's nice to have restored it now for this event.

Thank you for listening.



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682245
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Ensueno
Composer:Joaquin Turina
Duration:06:46
Source of music:Sheet Music (Union Musica Espanola)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400
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Additional info:Joaquin Turina is a well-regarded Spanish composer, educated in Paris in 1900 - 10 and encouraged by Isaac Albeniz there to focus his efforts toward producing compositions with a specifically Spanish flavor. He was a prolific composer, but he is best known for his three "Danzas Fantasticas", written in 1919 first for solo piano, but then orchestrated shortly afterward. The "Ensueno" (Daydream, roughly translated) is 2nd of the three. The "A" section is a gentle 5/8 Zortzico; the "B" section shifts to 6/8, with a 4/4 overlay, and is far more plaintive and passionate in character.



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682246
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Sonata de Castilla #3
Composer:Joaquin Rodrigo
Duration:04:54
Source of music:Sheet Music (Schott)
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 400
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Additional info:Joaquin Rodrigo was a Spanish Composer highly regarded throughout his considerably long life (1901-1999). He is best known for his guitar works, and in particular for Concierto de Aranquez and Fantasia por un Gentilhombre, but he wrote a considerable amount of solo piano music as well. This Sonata is #3 of 5 in a work with the considerably long title of "Sonatas de Castilla con Toccata a Modo de Pregon", written in 1950 - 51. It is very Scarlatti-esque in nature, and is in fact intended as a "tip-of-the-hat" to the great Baroque master.



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682247
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Performer's name:Valencia
From:Canada
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Title of piece:Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, Preludio
Composer:Heitor Villa-Lobos
Duration:03:48
Source of music:IMSLP
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Additional info:Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) wrote 9 Bachianas Brasileiras suites, with no. 4 being the only one written for piano solo. All of the pieces in these suites were modeled after Bach's baroque music combined with melodies and patterns based on Brazilian music.

The Preludio of Bachianas Brasileiras seems to quote Bach's Musical Offering BWV 1079.

This piece starts with a beautiful haunting melody. It reminds me a bit of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# minor as it then repeats and builds up to a big sound ending in a place of total despair. This piece is much more accessible than the Rach though. The main challenge for me was playing over 3 staves, as the LH jumps from bass to treble and back over the middle and end of the piece. I probably could have played it more smoothly if I'd memorized it instead of having to find my place always on the score.

Hope you enjoy it! It ends in doom so be sure to listen to something cheerful after!



Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682248
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Performer's name:QuinGold
From:New Mexico, USA
Experience:10 years when young; break of 30 years; 18 months recently
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Title of piece:Apariciones No. 3, Andantino quasi allegretto
Composer:Enrique Granados
Duration:01:45
Source of music:Pianist Magazine #97
Instrument used:Yamaha DGX660
Recording method:direct to USB
Technical feedback wanted:No

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Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682249
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Performer's name:QuinGold
From:New Mexico, USA
Experience:10 years when young; break of 30 years; 18 months recently
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Title of piece:Apariciones No. 7, Sensitiva,
Composer:Enrique Granados
Duration:01:57
Source of music:Pianist magazine Issue 96
Instrument used:Yamaha DGX660
Recording method:direct to USB
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Re: Spanish Latin American Themed Recital – October 15, 2017 [Re: PianogrlNW] #2682250
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Performer's name:PianogrlNW (Ellen)
From:Seattle area
Experience:Around 12
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Title of piece:Spanish Dance #5 - Andaluza
Composer:Enrique Granados
Duration:04:07
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel Grand
Recording method:H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Granados composed the set of 12 Spanish Dances for piano in 1890. He was a composer of Catalan origins and these pieces have been successfully transcribed and performed on Spanish guitar. This piece was more difficult to pull off than I thought when I started playing it. The piece requires a lot of control while giving an illusion of abandon. A melancholy lyrical line has to be played while keeping a quick tempo with a driving underlying rhythm. Since the piece was written in ABA form, the other challenge was to make different interpretations for the repeated sections.




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