Week 4: Romantic spirits! 💐

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  • I've always loved Asturias.  Perhaps the publisher thought the wave like melody evoked the ocean in Northwest Spain. 

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      • Jack Stewart
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      Marilyn Blodget Another wonderful double performance, Marilyn. I have never played Leyenda - maintaining the right hand technique always seemed beyond me, but you have performed it with grace and energy. Great job.

      Once again I find the guitar more compelling.  The piano also seems much more challenging than guitar arrangement.

      Apparently, Tarrega had transcribed several pieces of Albeniz during his lifetime (Albeniz's... I suppose Tarrega's as well). Stanley Yates has an informative article (http://www.stanleyyates.com/articles/albeniz/leyenda.html) on Leyenda (Yates discourages the use of Asturias as it is not Albeniz's title nor is the music of Asturia).

      Sorry I am rambling - TB's Dominic just had a livestream on Spanish / French music and discussed Albeniz.

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    • Jack Stewart Thanks Jack!  The physical experience of playing on both instruments is very different. The distance between the hands on the octave/chord combinations in the piano version is very challenging, especially at tempo.  I just throw my hands at them and pray.  I too prefer Leyenda on guitar.  For me the big challenge was getting the triplets up to speed.  Thanks for the Yates link.  I enjoyed it.

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      • Barney
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      Marilyn Blodget Thanks for sharing your wonderful playing of Leyenda, an old favorite!  It was also fun listening to your excerpt on the piano.  I'm bias as a guitarist, so in this case prefer it on guitar; however, it is always amazing to hear these pieces in its original form on piano, particularly a grand piano ( My son's teacher had a huge Steinway in her apartment, and for some reason , a still remember and feel the sound of the low bass notes which was thrilling).  It is also a treat to listen to Alicia de Larrocha play the full suite in recordings( and way back, live in person in concert). I really enjoyed this, so thanks for posting!

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      Marilyn Blodget Sorry for my ignorance, I didn't know that this was originally a piano piece. I don't know why, It sounds 100% like guitar music. 😮 Thank you for sharing, your videos are not only enjoyable but also educational. 

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    • Wai Thank you Wai!  I agree that it sounds more authentic on the guitar, rather than on a piano trying to be a guitar.

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    • Barney Thanks Barney.  It is fun to get lots of deep rich sound out of the piano.  My daughter’s piano teacher had the children crawl underneath the piano for an “in depth” listening experience.  I’ve not yet done that but I think it would be fun.  And thanks for the listening suggestion.

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    • Marilyn Blodget such a joy!!!

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz Thanks Stephanie!  That brought a smile to my face! 😊 

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  • I had fun looking at the original piano version of Asturias.  I'm sharing the last A section.  I found it interesting to compare the two versions.

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    • Marilyn Blodget Wow ive never listened asturias en piano, and sounds great, thats amaizing i love it

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    • Marilyn Blodget Thanks for these pairings.  And, as much as I love Albeniz on the piano, I like the guitar version better, maybe it is because all the great performances of it by Segovia, Carlevaro and others.  BTW, both your performances were beautiful.  

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    • Oscar Leonardo Molina Sierra Thank. You Oscar!

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    • Dale Needles Thanks Dale!

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      Marilyn Blodget Such a big gift, Marilyn! Thank for sharing both performances, you are really kind, and played in an amazing way! Bravíssime!

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    • Moyses Lopes Thank you Moyses! 

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    • Marilyn Blodget Toll!

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  • Ferrer - Charme de la Nuit Op 36

    This is definitely my favorite of the Ferrer pieces I've played. I'm not super happy about this performance, but it's a great piece of music, and very Romantic in character.

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    • Eric Phillips The moon just peeked out from behind the clouds, the frogs are singing  somewhere in the distance, and the warm night air is perfumed by white jasmine.  Thank you for a lovely escape!  Very well done!

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    • Marilyn Blodget It seems like this music evokes some very vivid imagery for you Marilyn. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      • Moses
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      Eric Phillips Your performance and the Marilyn text had filled my eyes... Thank you so much for sharing your 'poiesis' with us!

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    • Eric Phillips perfect!

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      • Jack Stewart
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      Eric Phillips That was very good, Eric. I know Ferrer is Spanish but this reminds me of small Mexican towns in Western movies.

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    • Jack Stewart I can hear that. I think it’s all those melody likes played in thirds.

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    • Moyses Lopes Thanks, Moyses! How many boxes of tissues did you need?

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