Sunday, October 10, 2010

Musica Callada

I'm a softy when it comes to Spanish composers, especially the Catalan composers. Most people think of flamenco and guitars, but  I think of the piano. This performance of Féderico Mompou's Musica Callada no. 3 is lovely, wistful and intimate.


The man playing isn't a professional, but he's pretty good, and in our conversations, he has inspired me to really practice and love this music. Acquiring it is half the game, though, but well worth the effort.

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:51 PM

    I hsve attempted many comments on your blog and other blogs and many of them dont show up. This is a problemon some other blogs I frequent too. Maybe if I post as anonymous?
    Back to the matter at hand, though - this piece of music was very nice, although not what I expected at all, since the only Spanish music I've really heard is Andres Segovia and flamenco music.
    Hope all's well w/ your newly wed Middle child, and that your nest isn't starting to feel too empty yet.
    teresa

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  2. Anonymous9:53 PM

    Eureka - the trick is to post as anoymous and to preview I guess!
    teresa

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  3. Anonymous9:53 PM

    Where oh where are my glasses.

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  4. Why do I not visit here more often? Ever since I went with Wordpress (blame Daphne!!) I've lost my bearings.

    Gonna fix that right now.

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  5. I'm going to see what's going on with the comments by posting under my name without signing in, since it has that option.

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  6. Hmm. Ladies, if you just post under name/url and then just type in your name, you shouldn't have any problem posting a comment. In fact, it was much easier to do that. I didn't even put in the url. Now I put in the url, so let's see if that works.

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  7. Oh, teresa, I am glad you like the music. Mompou is one of my favorite Spanish composers, but Manuel Blancafort is absolutely my favorite Catalan composer. Catalan music is sort of a bridge to French impressionistic music and Spanish music. If you get a chance, listen to Mompou's Cançons i Danças (Songs and Dances) There are 14 of them, and they are exquisite. Each is a well-known Catalan folk song, followed by a dance, all sounding very much like jazz. Lovely melodies, lovelier still, the harmonies. Mompou's other pieces are very impressionistic, like Satie or Ravel. One of my favorite pieces to play is "secreto" which is an intimate, almost spare use of melody line and baseline. It's a tango and very simple to learn, and hard to master. Played properly, it sounds like an erotic dance. If you write me at my email listed in the profile, I will send you an mp3 file, if you'd like.

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  8. Joan, I am thrilled you are here! I have visited your site often, mostly just lurking. But I found you at Vanderleun's and followed you over to Daphne's. Glad you came!

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