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Re: Composers from the Caribbean

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:37 pm
by fleubis
Cuba! How very cool to see some Cuban music and here are two nice dance pieces. Drum imitations in the first piece, but notice the wonderful rhythms of the Afro-Cuban dance Lucumi (which has these days morphed into salsa). The original Afro-Cuban rhythms are still a major source of inspiration for composers today.

Well found, Alfred!

Re: Composers from the Caribbean

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:18 pm
by alfor
Nicolas RUIZ ESPADERO (1832-1890)
Cuban pianist and composer (pupil of Julian Fontana!)

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Espadero Ballade op.20.pdf
Espadero 2me Ballade op.57.pdf

Re: Composers from the Caribbean

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:24 pm
by alfor
To fleubis, with compliments!

More from
ESPERANTO:

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Espadero Scherzo op.58.pdf

Re: Composers from the Caribbean

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:42 pm
by alfor
A night at the opera (for those who are in a hurry...)

Poliuto: Opera by Donizetti

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Espadero Poliuto.pdf
Espadero Faust op.51.pdf

Re: Composers from the Caribbean

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:42 pm
by fleubis
Alfred, what a nice surprise. We certainly need to get some Cuban composers in our libraries. Until recently I only knew one (Lecuona) so Espadero is a welcome addition.

Interesting that the two transcriptions seem to have been published in Spain while the Scherzo was published in Cuba and the Ballads in France. While the transcriptions seem like mostly fluff, there is quite a bit more meat to be had with the Ballads and the Scherzo. I especially like the highly ornamented ballad, Op.20.

Thank you Alfred.

Re: Composers from the Caribbean

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:33 pm
by alfor
Dear fleubis, you may want to have one more try with Mr. Esperan...pardon...ESPADERO
(E. meeting the spirit of L.M. Gottschalk!)

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Espadero Sur la tombe op.68.pdf

Re: Composers from the Caribbean

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:20 pm
by fleubis
Esperado has written a nice homage to Gottschalk. This is really a very interesting piece. The composers notes are very informative and he wants us to play it precisely as written, down to the smallest detail. I think this is the most sophisticated piece we have of Esperado--but that's because I'm a big Gottschalk fan and Esperado seems to have captured some of the essence nicely.

One wonders if the two ever met. Seems probable. Esperado outlived Gottschalk by 21 years.

A nice addition, Alfred.

Re: Composers from the Caribbean

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:17 pm
by alfor
P.S. Sorry for confusion... :mrgreen:

It is definitely
E-S-P-A-D-E-R-O

esperado = expected
esperanza = hope
:mrgreen:

Re: Composers from the Caribbean

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:21 pm
by alfor
Dos cantos...con la ESPERANZA que os gusten:

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Espadero Chant du Guagiro op.61.pdf
Espadero Canto del Esclavo op.21.pdf

Re: Composers from the Caribbean

Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:21 pm
by fleubis
Me gustan los cantos de Espadero. Él habla Esperanto, el idioma de la música. :lol:

Gracias, Alfor.