Let's Play: Spanish Music!
If you missed the FANTASTIC livestream with Magdalena Stern Baczewska this past Saturday, be sure to check it out! She walked us through several centuries of Spanish music, its developments, rhythmic styles, melodic content, and much more - Quite a comprehensive event!
So we decided it would be fun to host a "Mini Challenge" where for the next two weeks we choose a piece to work on and post our progress here!
If you need some suggestions about music to play, check out the livestream or this list that I have compiled! Repertoire below is considered to be on the easier side, due to the nature of this shorter challenge!
Sebastian Yradier: El Arreglito (The unknown inspiration for the famous Habanera from the opera, Carmen, by Bizet!)
Advice: Play the piano part, since it pretty much doubles the vocal part the entire time, feel free to add notes from the vocal line into piano part in the final bars!
Intermediate level piece, but one of the most famous and satisfying to play!
A lesser known, but magical composer born in Barcelona! Two options below:
A haunting and gorgeous piece by this famous composer!
Most of his music is very difficult but these short works can prove quite interesting!
If you would like to be featured on our Mini Challenge WATCH PARTY please submit a video of you playing your selected piece by May 15th!
Watch Party MAY 24th at 11am PT!
I would like to contribute this piece by Falla - Spanish Dance no 1 from his opera La Vida Breve. This piece has flummoxed me for more than 10 years as I couldn’t seem to break through a few technical barriers. Only very recently and with very deliberate mindful practice, I managed to break down and overcome them.