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In this, his most often-performed song cycle, Montsalvatge found inspiration not in his native Catalonia, but in the music of the West Indies, across which he draped only a thin veil of Spanish style. The set's first song is its longest: "Cuba dentro de un piano" Cuba on a Keyboard , setting a poem by Rafael Alberti. The languorous, lyrical habanera is a nostalgic evocation of when "the Bay of Cadiz was paradise" and "the Cuban spell was among the reeds and marshes of my land.
Period Modern. Comp Date Avg Duration Share on facebook twitter tumblr. Complete Excerpt. Harmonia Mundi. Spanish Music for Cello and Piano.
Canciones Espanolas. Capriccio Records. Xavier Montsalvatge: Years. Columna Musica. The Very Best of Victoria de los Angeles. Victoria de los Angeles. Lawo Classics. Duo Bilitis. Brilliant Classics. Helen Tintes-Schuermann. MSR Classics. Joyce DiDonato. Barbara Hendricks. Sur Les Ailes du Chant. Emotional Turbulence, Song Recital. Daphna Cohen-Licht. Meridian Records.
The Maiden and the Nightingale: Songs of Spain. EMI Music Distribution. Xavier Montsalvatge: Integral de Canto, Vol. Cancions y Danzas, Vol. Channel Crossings.
Montserrat Caballe. Great Opera Divas. Brava Berganza! A Birthday Tribute. Teresa Berganza. Deutsche Grammophon. Canal Grande. Spanish Songs. Yannula Pappas. Harmonia Mundi HMM Delos DE Capriccio Records C Hyperion CDA Xavier Montsalvatge: Years Various Artists.
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He was one of the most influential music figures in Catalan music during the latter half of the 20th century. Montsalvatge was born in Girona , and studied violin and composition at the Barcelona Conservatory. After the Spanish Civil War , Montsalvatge began work as a music critic when he joined the weekly Destino in , a publication he would eventually direct in and He wrote additionally for the daily La Vanguardia after Montsalvatge also returned to teach at his alma mater, becoming a lecturer in , and then a professor of composition in
Xavier Montsalvatge (1912–2002)
Xavier Montsalvatge was fascinated by Cuban melodies ever since he heard the songs of Catalonian and Cuban sailors on the Costa Brava. In Barcelona, which was still devastated from the war and isolated by the Franco regime, one could not find a portable recording device, but Montsalvatge entertained the sailors with friendliness and wine until they sang their best habaneras for him, which he feverishly notated by hand. With the help of the regional wine, however, Montsalvatge finally succeeded in convincing them to sing the songs of their work and recreation for him — in his opinion, the repertory was a true goldmine and in this way, he certainly also saved it from being later forgotten. The typical rocking rhythm of the bass voice and the soft, silken melody combine in harmonies that are by no means simple or in any way folkloristic. They convey a longing for a light-hearted time and place and are at the same time distinctively modern and sophisticated. He himself arranged three of the songs for choir which are presented here. The American musicologist Roger Evans has written the first comprehensive biography of the Catalonian composer Xavier Montsalvatge.