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Lieder by G. Mahler from Des Knaben Wunderhorn13:46JANUARY 24, 2018
Between 1887 and 1888, Gustav Mahler became acquainted with the two volumes of Des Knaben Wunderhorn, an anthology of songs and poems compiled at the beginning of the nineteenth century by the novelist Achim von Arnim and the poet Clemens Brentano. This resulted tin his 24 Lieder based on these popular German poems, which he published in several collections between 1888 and 1901.
Franz Xaver Richter was a Moravian composer who worked in Mannheim and Strasbourg. His String Quartets, Op. 5 (composed around 1757 and published in 1768) are a very early example of the genre, and reflect influences that range from German counterpoint to the melodiousness of Italian opera. The Cuarteto Casal performs the first piece in this series on a set of original instruments made by the luthier Jacob Stainer (c. 1617-1683).
Turina dedicated this small work for piano to his friend, colleague and biographer Federico Sopeña Ibáñez (1917-1991), whom the composer referred to as his “nephew” as a reflection of their close friendship. It forms part of a collection of new pieces composed in 1942 and premiered at the studios of RNE, which he dedicated to some of his favourite performers.
At the beginning of the 1930s, a constellation of artists consisting of García Lorca, Rivas Cherif, Gustavo Pittaluga, La Argentinita and Alberto Sánchez created a work destined to revolutionise Spanish dance: La romería de los cornudos. With a storyline of popular origin and orgiastic overtones, this ballet combines traditional and avant-garde elements. In this production —the first incursion into the world of ballet in the Chamber Music Theatre format— Alberto’s original sceneography, preserved in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) is reproduced to scale.
Three cities: Prague, Paris, Barcelona. Three composers: Smetana, Ravel, Toldrà. Three contexts subjected to strong social and political tensions in which three quartets that were landmarks in the history of the genre were created. The musicologist Fernando Delgado discusses the keys to these works and the context in which they were composed.
The music of Joan Manén is a reflection of his two-fold career as a violinist and composer. In particular, on the one hand, his second Danza ibérica contains technical passages that demonstrate his skills as a virtuoso and, on the other, a compositional style that reinterprets the traditional concept of Spanish music inherited from the nineteenth century.
Mendelssohn wrote his String Quartets Op. 44 between 1837 and 1838, at a time in which few composers were interested in the genre. By this time Mendelssohn, who resided in Leipzig, was in full maturity and had made friends with other composers including Robert Schumann. The second of these quartets is considered one of his most inspired works. The “Scherzo. Allegro di molto” is light and restless in nature, while the “Andante” is a song without words of inspired lyricism with the first violin playing a leading role.
Like many listeners of his time, Goethe conceived the string quartet as a rational conversation between four intelligent people. To a large extent, this idea is embodied in works like Haydn’s String Quartets, Op. 33, which revolutionised the string-quartet genre. Following suit, Mozart would take three years to compose six quartets that he dedicated to his friend Haydn. For his part, Ignaz Pleyel, Haydn’s pupil, managed to disseminate his quartets very successfully all over Europe.
Musical Encounters: Jazz and Classical Music is an educational project aimed at secondary students that reflects the mutual influences between Classical music and jazz. In this video, the pianist Moisés P. Sánchez improvises on various musical themes proposed by Fernando Palacios and by the audience. Any type of music can become a jazz standard, from the “Super Mario Bros. theme” to La Macarena by Los del Río, “The Imperial March” from Star Wars, Despacito by Luis Fonsi or different Christmas carols.