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Rene Touzet - A Collection of Classical Piano Compositions

by Maria Letona

A collection of colorful and expressive classical piano compositions written by Cuban born composer Rene Touzet. This collection showcases Touzet\'s main influences:classical (or art) music, popular music of his native Cuba, and jazz. - Cuban Piano -
Genre: Latin: Cuban
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nocturno
3:26 $0.99
2. Capricho #1
3:10 $0.99
3. Capricho #3
3:26 $0.99
4. Capricho #4
3:00 $0.99
5. Sonata Romantica - Allegro
6:12 $0.99
6. Sonata Romantica - Andantino Espressivo
6:34 $0.99
7. Sonata Romantica - Allegro Ma Non Troppo
5:23 $0.99
8. Tu y Yo (You and I)
2:56 $0.99
9. Alegre (Happy)
2:14 $0.99
10. La Trece ( Thirteen)
1:55 $0.99
11. Nostalgica (Nostalgic)
2:08 $0.99
12. Siempre En Clave (Always in Rhythm)
2:32 $0.99
13. Bailarina (Ballerina)
2:26 $0.99
14. Cascabel (Carnival Bells)
2:34 $0.99
15. Apasionada (Passionate)
3:07 $0.99
16. Fantasia Española
6:12 $0.99
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Cuban born composer Rene Touzet (1916-2003) is best known for his popular music, specifically his dance music in the decades of the 50's and 60's. He is also known as a songwriter, having artists such as Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby record some of his songs. What most people are unaware of is that Touzet was a classically trained pianist who in his spare time wrote over 200 works for the piano. Some musicians familiar with this collection have referred to it as "Touzet's hidden treasure," and the composer has also been called "the Gershwin of Cuba." Touzet's piano music is colorful and expressive and, because of his Jazz and Latin dance influences, full of rhythm and flavor.

Pianist, Maria Letona had the opportunity to meet and work with Rene Touzet, and dedicated her doctoral thesis to his piano compositions. Letona conducted several interviews with Touzet and gained invaluable insights on how to perform his music. One of Touzet's dreams was for his piano works to be better known in the world, but sadly he passed away in 2003. Letona now has embarked on a mission to carry on Touzet's dream.

Ms. Letona received her bachelor's and master's degree with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts, Pi Kappa Lambda, at the University of Miami.

Maria Letona has performed as soloist with the New Orleans Philharmonic, the New Orleans Civic Orchestra, the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Miami Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra, The Miami Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Virtuosi ensemble. Letona has given solo and chamber music recitals in several cities of the United States and South America. She has also performed in various cities in Italy. Her interest in contemporary music has led her to participate in many twentieth century music festivals such as the SubTropics Festival and the 609 Music Series in Miami. During her studies at UM, she gave a recital where she premiered works dedicated to her by several composers in the Miami area. This recital was broadcast on WTMI radio station. Letona has performed in Washington D.C. where she was invited to represent her country in the First Ibero-American Music Festival. She has appeared on television station WXEL in West Palm Beach and has also performed live on their radio station. Besides her various musical interests, Letona and her husband, Tom Holloway, have produced a children's CD entitled Musicala (dedicated to their two kids), which is comprised of original children's songs written and performed by her.
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Dr Oscar Betancourt

The quality is outstanding. The performance with love and respect for the author.
Muchas gracias por sacar del olvido y salvar música tan linda.
Con todo mis respeto. Sincerely yours,
Dr Oscar Betancourt (cubano hasta mis raices más profundas)

Zeno Okeanos

The unique musical consciousness of Rene Touzet, evident in Letona's performance
Quoted below is a note I sent directly to Maria Letona, the performer on this long awaited recording. I must confess, I am already a big fan of Rene Touzet, so much so. I was moved to meet him in his later years. If you are following a thread based on your attraction to Cuban music, either classical or popular, and, of course, these two genres have long been connected,
you might remember the beautiful melodies which swept the world off its feet, composed by the great Ernesto Lecuona (who incidentally did encouraged the young Touzet), then I would recommend going directly to the second half of this marvelous CD with Touzet's charming and engaging Danzas, then backtrack to the first half of the CD which is yet another revelation. This is all music in a classical modern "romantic" tradition, in addition to its specific Cuban underpinnings, deep music, which will grow on you more and more as you live with it. The unique musical consciousness of Rene Touzet, evident in Letona's performances on this CD, will also grow on you and cannot help but be a very rewarding experience. This said, I highly recommend this CD.

Thanks for the wonderful and important CD, I will look forward hopefully to others in the future. Maestro Touzet must actually be historically the most prolific composer of Art music who also had such an extensive involvement with the "popular" forms in his life. I have virtually everything he recorded and his "popular"/dance music and "latin jazz" itself was wide ranging and most accomplished. How could this extensive knowledge not also inform his piano compositions in subtle ways and thus make for some unique music in that genre. It is very interesting for me to hear his compositional "decisions" having also some idea of all the other things he played and created during his career as a bandleader and all the great popular melodies, rhythms, and harmonies he knew, not to mention his own extensive compositions in the popular realm as well. Part of what made his popular music so exceptional in the first place was his prior earlier classical background. This CD presents his rarely heard compositions for piano by someone who worked directly with the composer, and like all Art, words like "classical" and "serious" seem somehow to mislead from their thoroughly enjoyable nature, with emphasis on the '"joy".

Zeno Okeanos


Ms. Letona's performance on all the pieces is absolutely beautiful. A must have for all piano fans.