Julie Hunsley Pagán | Córdoba, Music of Spain

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Córdoba, Music of Spain

by Julie Hunsley Pagán

Sparkling, spirited and deeply expressive, this solo piano collection showcases an amazingly colorful variety of music by the best-loved composers of Spain, including works by Soler, Granados, Albéniz, Turina, Mompou and de Falla.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Sonata in D Major, R. 84
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2. Danzas Españolas, Op. 5: No. 5, Andaluza
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3. Suite Española, Op. 47: No. 7, Castilla (Seguidillas)
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4. Cantos de España, Op. 232: No. 4, Córdoba
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5. Suite Española, Op. 47: No. 5, Asturias (Leyenda)
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6. Danzas Españolas, Op. 5: No. 2, Oriental
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7. Sonata in D Major
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8. El Circo, Suite for Piano, Op. 68: No. 5, Clowns (Payasos)
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9. Sonata in C Sharp Minor, R. 21
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10. Impresiones Intimas: No. 8, Secreto
2:56 $0.99
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11. Cinq Danses Gitanes, Op. 55: No. 5, Sacro-Monte
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12. Impresiones Intimas: No. 7, Cuna (Berceuse)
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13. Impresiones Intimas: No. 5, Pájaro Triste
2:49 $0.99
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14. Danse du Meunier (The Miller's Dance)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Spanning roughly two and half centuries, this music represents a colorful variety of repertoire by many of the most famous and best-loved composers of Spain. It is a Spanish flight through time and place, touching on many different cities and regions.

The two earliest pieces, by Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783), who was a Spanish composer and priest, are sonatas in the one-movement form made popular by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). These lively, rather gymnastic pieces project much energy with hand-crossings, decorative ornaments, and rapid-fire repeated notes. Another sonata, a robust zapateado dance in 6/8, was composed by Mateo Albéniz (~1760 – 1831), no relation to the well-known composer of the same name from a century later.

The four composers Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), Enrique Granados (1867-1916), Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), and Joaquín Turina (1882-1949) all splendidly represent the spirit of Spanish Nationalism of late nineteenth century. Many of their pieces are named after a city or region of Spain, extremely rich in its long history, as well as in its landscapes, from the mountainous northern region of Asturias to the floral southern region of Andalucía. Inspired by folk songs and dances, this Spanish piano music pulls in the listener with sounds and rhythms imitating guitars, castanets, drums, and hand clapping, as well as exotic modes, and frequent tempo changes, with the expressive freedom of a story-teller. One might even imagine animated dialogue and detect the rising fourth of a bugle call of ancient wars. Of great importance is the copla in the style of cante jondo, meaning “song of the depths,” often portraying a melancholy or tragic mood, interspersed with rhythmic dance-like passages. One can hear the sound of castanets in Castilla, which is a seguidillas (a lively dance in triple meter); palmadas (hand clapping) in Andaluza; the expressive copla in Asturias; and the call and response of bugles in Sacro-monte. In Danse Du Meunier, the sound of the guitar is unmistakable. Córdoba, the title track, is a masterpiece of story-telling, beginning with a hauntingly somber chant. The melody, accompanied by a castanet rhythm, seems to ask a pleading question, leading into a ballad-like journey that grows increasingly wild before a low, murky bugle call signals a dramatic climax, interrupted by a sudden return of the chant, as if from a distance. The melody poignantly returns with an endearingly simple ending.

The music of Federico Mompou, (1893-1987) reflects his personality – serene, quiet, poetic - and is more impressionistic than the others represented here. The three selections from his Impresiones Intimas radiate exquisite expressiveness and heartfelt emotion. These characteristics of his music are highly valued, as evidenced by his stature as one of the most celebrated classical composers of Spain.

Pianist Julie Hunsley Pagán received her Doctor of Music Degree in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, studying with Donald Isaak. She earned her Masters and Bachelor of Music degrees from Kent State University with teachers Lois Rova Ozanich and Robert Palmieri. Her passion for Spanish piano music began with Olga Llano Kuehl-White, renowned pedagogue and scholar with whom Julie studied during her formative years, and again as an adult. In addition to being a musician and teacher, Julie has enjoyed a career in computer technology.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Louis Pagán, Positive Productions
Cover Artwork and Design by Angie Pagán, AP Design
Piano: Steinway Model B
Produced by Julie Hunsley Pagán
Additional thanks to Chris Burnett, Artists Recording Collective


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