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Mompou - Preludes 11 and 12

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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Mompou composed a set of 12 preludes, but only 10 were published in his lifetime. They were divided into two books - the first published in 1930 and the second one in 1952. These two preludes that I play here were finally published in 2004. The first is yet another piece dedicated to Alicia de Larrocha on the occasion of her wedding in 1950. She premiered the piece but Mompou wasn't quite satisfied with the composition because he made some changes on one line (about four bars...if there were bars...which there aren't). According to the text in my book, When the pianist queried him as to which of the two versions she should play, the composer joked, 'one on weekends, the other on weekdays." My book shows both versions and so to make a kind of compromise, I played one version on the first time around and then the second version on the repeat. Hope that's okay....

    Anyway, no.11 Prelude is short and sweet, and no. 12 is much darker. Both sound undeniably like Mompou, which is why I like them so much! :)

    Mompou - Prelude No. 11 "Andante"

    Mompou - Prelude No. 12 "Cantabile"
     
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    They sound clearly and expressively played to me, though I can´t judge it too well, because I only could find the preludes no. 1-10, not no. 11-12, even not on imslp. So while listening without score I can say, that they sound interesting and nicely played. I have enjoyed them very much.
     
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    Hi Monica,

    I'm not familiar with these preludes, but enjoyed hearing you play them. Of the two I found No. 12 more to my liking--the darker sound and lyricism. Very nice playing.

    David
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thank you for listening and the kind words, Andreas and David. The score for these two pieces cannot be found on the Internet. I had to buy it from an oversees publisher who charged around $22 for only five pages of music....plus tax and shipping. :) I didn't even buy the music for myself, but alas the only way I would hear it was to play it myself.
     
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    Hi Monica,

    Ordering music from Europe, when it's the last resort, can be VERY expensive. A few years ago, I ordered some sheet music of York Bowen that absolutely could not be found anywhere here in the U.S. (Today it's available here through Sheetmusicplus.) So I contacted by email the publisher's American distributor at the time in Atlanta, Georgia. The manager there was very kind and called me on the phone. He explained that the sheet music itself and shipping and handling from the UK would be about $70.00 and asked if I still wanted to proceed. When I said no, he fully understood and was glad he called, as was I.

    David
     
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    So, Monica and David, if you need some special music sheets from Europe, I can try to help you next time somehow... :wink:
     
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    Very fine playing, there does not seem anything that needs to be improved. One infinitesimal niggle I noticed is that in bars like bar 3 of no.12, where a long note needs to sound, you come in (slightly) early after that. Some of these bars fare better than others. I notice this because I have/had exactly the same 'problem', as well as I heard it with others here. The longer the note, the more urgent the need to continue prematurely. Somehow it seems important to count these beats and give these notes their full due. This is something one learns the hard way playing church services.

    I printed these two out when you sent them to me (thanks once more) and started on them, to complete my not-so-complete set. But somehow they gravitead to the bottom of the pile, not sure why. Now there does not seem an urge to do them - actually to be honest I like nos. 1-10 better. I will remove my 'complete set' header. Or, we could share the honors in the 'complete set' header if you want.
     
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    It works the other way round too and maybe harder, as some local shops will simply say that it is not possible to order. Some months ago I wanted to buy the sheet music of a piece by a living composer and I had to contact a dealer in the UK and to pay an appropriate price.
     
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    Wow, $70 for one book…Zoinks! (as George would say…) I paid a lot for some Granados books that came from Spain, but I don't remember exactly how much.

    That’s very kind of you, Andreas! I’ll keep that in mind. And don’t hesitate to ask me if there is something I can do for you!

    I never really noticed that I come in a teeny bit early sometimes. Thanks for pointing that out – I will pay attention to it next time.

    I was straightening up a cabinet recently and found this book, blew the dust off it, and put it on my piano. Both pieces aren’t that long or hard, so I learned them pretty quickly. That’s when I started thinking about you. But then I figured that I simply must have underestimated the importance I thought this score would mean to you and that you weren’t that interested since all this time has passed (I reminded you twice), and well…you know with everything else…
    I just felt that I wanted the music to get added to our archive so I recorded it. I always like when we have multiple members making a complete set, so I’d happy to share this particular ‘complete set’ table with you. But I only recorded two pieces to your ten, so I will leave the decision to you….
     
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    Very good, Monica. I won't say very nice, because #12 spooked me out a little. It was like a sound track to some postwar "cinema verite". ("There are 8 million stories in the Naked City; this is one of them." But then you're too young to know what that was. :) )

    Wow; I can't imagine paying so much for sheet music. Lately, I've been doing only works that are already in my library or are old enough to be public domain and on the web.
     
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    Thank you, Stu. I just looked up "8 million stories...". You're right, it's a little before my time. :) But this no. 12 is nothing scary compared to the piece I just started working on yesterday. Talk about scary!!! I'm going to save it for Halloween time...
     
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    Hi Andreas,

    That's very kind of you. I don't have any sheet music need for the moment, but will keep you in mind. Thanks!

    David
     
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    Hello David and Andreas,

    Bear in mind that when you, Andreas, buy in Germany, you pay Value Added Tax (TAx), while if you, David, buy and it is shipped to you by the dealer, the VAT is deducted, so that in the end you pay less than you would if a resident buys it.
     
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    I have decided, and we now have a joint CS:

    http://server3.pianosociety.com/cms/ind ... ction=1694

    I've also used the text from your initial posting on the page. Robert's recording of no.5 has unfortunately not survived this operation.
     
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    Hi Richard,

    Like they say, the only sure things in life are death and taxation. :lol:

    David
     
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    Hello, David, where I live and considering the mummies I see in the street and the state of my finances, I would say only the latter applies.
     
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    Thanks for posting this, I've never heard them and you play them really well. I liked no 12 best by far - but perhaps this says more about my current mood than about the music.
     
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    Wonderfully played. The B section of 12 really gave me a start with the sudden downward figure in the right hand. There's something rather persistently sweet about Mompou's music I feel...
     
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    Thank you, Joachim. No. 12 is quite dark. I hope you were already in a 'dark' mood, and that it wasn't my playing that put you into a bad mood...

    Thank you, Jonathan. Interesting what you say about Mompou's sweetness. His harmonies are sometimes so complex, yet when you string everything together, it sounds nice (and sweet). Except when he gets dark. But even then, it sounds like him and so it's good.
     

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