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    Granados

    This is the third of the Spanish Homages - the previous ones being to Falla and Mompou. To clear up an issue that came up in the Mompou post: this is my composition, and is a tribute to the composer in question. In each of these I tried to capture some of the qualities that make each of these composers special - to me, at any rate. As with the others, it is for solo piano.

    Enrique Granados:

    http://homepage.mac.com/ronpearl/iMovieTheater23.html
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    Hello, Ron

    I love this piece. Nimble performance of a beautiful work. Educational for me also since I'm not familiar with Enrique Granados' music.

    Sure like your website too. You guys with the nicely chosen and displayed images to accompany the music links have a really good thing going with that. I must spiff up my various music repositories.

    Thank you so much!

    Randy B.
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    The penchant for literally repeated, almost ostinatic
    figures; the characterstic filligree work; the occasions
    of two thoughts colliding and insistently maintaining
    ground with each other... I hear elements of Enrique
    Granados' various Danzas in this, especially the
    latter ones; of his Goyescas, too; but also the
    singing rhythmic lyricism of the vocal works he did
    near the end of his too-short life.

    Ron, your ability to extract the essences of another
    composer's thought processes; then emulate them
    without imitating -- and whilst maintaining your own
    originality -- is really quite extraordinary.

    Granados could have written this, I think; but I wonder
    at the deeper beauty I find in this magnificent piece,
    the flawless craftsmanship of it... my friend, in this,
    I believe you may well have outdone the Master whom
    you chose to honor.

    After some four or five listens through this, and much
    pleasure in the doing of it, I cannot but enthusiastically
    say...

    Bravo!

    Always my best,



    David
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    I'm not familiar with the work of Granados, so I can make no comparisons, but....

    Wow!! I too love this piano work! Beautiful! Especially the quite melodic harmonies. There are so many delightful melodic phrases throughout, but what really stands out to me are the wonderful harmonic progressions!

    This has wonderful repeated listening value as well, after multiple listens there is still so much to notice.

    Bravo! Thanks for sharing this!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    Re: Granados

    Quote Originally Posted by rbowser-
    Hello, Ron

    I love this piece. Nimble performance of a beautiful work. Educational for me also since I'm not familiar with Enrique Granados' music.

    Sure like your website too. You guys with the nicely chosen and displayed images to accompany the music links have a really good thing going with that. I must spiff up my various music repositories.

    Thank you so much!

    Randy B.
    (rbowser)
    Randy,

    Thanks for stopping by! You might want to check out the 12 Spanish Dances by Granados; they are good introduction to his writing.

    Glad you liked the website; it was actually harder to put together than it ought to have been. Unless you have iWeb, there isn't too much flexiblity int eh setups. That's why the audio appears on "Movie" pages - don't ask, it's along story...but it works for online storage/access, and is otherwise reliable.

    By the way, where in Oregon are you? I'm a native Seattle guy, and have spent some wonderful times in Oregon.

    Thanks for listening.
    Ron Pearl

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    Re: Granados

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    The penchant for literally repeated, almost ostinatic
    figures; the characterstic filligree work; the occasions
    of two thoughts colliding and insistently maintaining
    ground with each other... I hear elements of Enrique
    Granados' various Danzas in this, especially the
    latter ones; of his Goyescas, too; but also the
    singing rhythmic lyricism of the vocal works he did
    near the end of his too-short life.

    Ron, your ability to extract the essences of another
    composer's thought processes; then emulate them
    without imitating -- and whilst maintaining your own
    originality -- is really quite extraordinary.

    Granados could have written this, I think; but I wonder
    at the deeper beauty I find in this magnificent piece,
    the flawless craftsmanship of it... my friend, in this,
    I believe you may well have outdone the Master whom
    you chose to honor.

    After some four or five listens through this, and much
    pleasure in the doing of it, I cannot but enthusiastically
    say...

    Bravo!

    Always my best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

    David,

    Your words are too kind, but welcome, nonetheless! I'm glad the spirit of the Danzas came through - that was what I was trying to capture. Homages are tricky in a way: they need to work as an homage, and if they make reference to a composer, they need to evoke him/her; on the other hand, the piece needs to stand on its own, have its own internal logic and flow, and not simply be a re-hash of another style. It's similar, in a way, to program music - it works when the narrative is present, but needs to work even if the listener has no knowledge of the "story".

    I'm so glad you liked this. As always, I appreciate your listening, and taking the time for so thoughtful a response.

    All the best,
    Ron Pearl

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    Re: Granados

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanHannifin
    I'm not familiar with the work of Granados, so I can make no comparisons, but....

    Wow!! I too love this piano work! Beautiful! Especially the quite melodic harmonies. There are so many delightful melodic phrases throughout, but what really stands out to me are the wonderful harmonic progressions!

    This has wonderful repeated listening value as well, after multiple listens there is still so much to notice.

    Bravo! Thanks for sharing this!
    Sean,
    Thanks for the kind words. If this gets you to explore Granados - and I urge you to do so - then that will be a fine response. (Alicia de la Rocha has recorded his music, and she is fabulous).

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Hope finals went well.
    Ron Pearl

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    This is another masterfully crafted piece from your "pen". I love the rhythmic diversity, the harmonies, the ostinatos. It all fits so well to make this a very exciting piece of music. It is a pleasure to listen to this, it is truly happy music that is very uplifting. Thank you so much!
    Kind Regards

    Louis Dekker
    My Music Site

    Pour être grand, il faut avoir été petit.

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    Wow,

    I'm beginning to become a fan of Mompou myself... if it's any indication of the craftsmanship and skill of your homage. Yet perhaps merely themes.. the rest is of your own creation.

    This is impeccable writing ..love the moments of aggressiveness in dialogue.

    I still maintain my earlier comment of sounding as though these were played llive... Very clean, and filled with emotion!

    Bravo, Ron!.. outstanding work!

    ~Jeff

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    Re: Granados

    Louis,

    As always, I am very appreciative of your kind comments. I'm glad these pieces have found such resonance!

    Many thanks.

    Jeff,

    Well, it still is my computer playing this - not me! Glad you liked it enough to think I played it.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Ron
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