Iberia - Corpus Christi en Sevilla

Albéniz Isaac | Ardanaz Félix

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Isaac Albéniz, Suite Iberia,Corpus Christi en Sevilla, Félix Ardanaz, piano
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Iberia is a suite for piano composed between 1905 and 1909 by the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz. It is composed of four books of three pieces each; a complete performance lasts about an hour and a half. It is Albéniz's masterpiece and his best-known work, highly praised by Claude Debussy and Olivier Messiaen, who said: "Iberia is the wonder for the piano; it is perhaps on the highest place among the more brilliant pieces for the king of instruments". Stylistically, this suite falls squarely in the school of Impressionism, especially in its musical evocations of Spain. Technically, Iberia is one of the most difficult pieces in the repertoire, requiring immense strength from its interpreters and flexible hands. ook 1 Dedicated to Ernest Chausson's wife. Evocación (A-flat minor - A-flat major), an impressionist reminiscence of Albéniz' native country, combining elements of the southern Spanish fandango and the northern Spanish jota song forms. El puerto (D-flat major), a zapateado inspired by the port town of Cádiz. Fête-dieu à Seville (F-sharp minor - F-sharp major) (alternative titles sometimes found: "Corpus Christi"; "El Corpus en Sevilla"), describing the Corpus Christi Day procession in Seville, during which the Corpus Christi is carried through the streets accompanied by marching bands. Musically, this piece consists of a processional march that eventually becomes overwhelmed by a mournful saeta, the melody evoking Andalusian cante jondo and the accompaniment evoking flamenco guitars. The march and saeta alternate ever more loudly until the main march theme is restated as a lively tarantella that ends abruptly with a flamboyant fort-fort-fort-fortissimo climactic chord; the piece concludes with a gentle coda again evoking flamenco guitars along with distant church bells. [edit]Book 2 Rondeña (D major), after the Andalusian town of Ronda. A variant of the fandango, it is characterized by the alternation of measures of 6/8 and 3/4. Almería (G major), relating to the Andalusian seaport, features the rhythm of the tarantas, a dance characteristic of the region of Almería. Triana (F-sharp minor), after the Gypsy quarter of Seville. [edit]Book 3 El Albaicín (B-flat minor - B-flat major) El Polo (F minor) Lavapiés (D-flat major), after the district of Madrid. [edit]Book 4 Málaga (B-flat minor - B-flat major) Jerez (A minor (arguably E Phrygian) - E major) Eritaña (E-flat major) [edit]Premier performance The twelve pieces were first performed by the French pianist Blanche Selva, but each book was premiered in a different place and on a different date. Three of the performances were in Paris, the other being in a small town in the south of France. Book I: May 9, 1906, Salle Pleyel, Paris Book II: September 11, 1907, Saint-Jean-de-Luz Book III: January 2, 1908, Palace of Princess de Polignac, Paris Book IV: February 9, 1909, Société Nationale de Musique, Paris. [edit]Recordings Iberia has been recorded complete by Claudio Arrau, Miguel Baselga, Mich