(Gipsy Kings) - mp3
(original composition) - mp3
Deer Hunter, by
Stanley Myers) - mp3
(anonymous) - mp3
5. Recuerdos de la
(Francisco Tarrega) - mp3
composition) - mp3
Schubert) - mp3
(Mahlon Lucas) - mp3
No. 2 in E Flat Major (Frederic Chopin)
11. Solea (original
composition) - mp3
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& Liberte - is a Gipsy Kings song, from the album of
the same name (1994). The Gipsy
Kings, from the Camargue region in southern France, started out as "Los
Reyes" when brothers
Nicolas and Andre Reyes, the sons of renowned flamenco artist Jose
Reyes, teamed up with their cousins Jacques, Maurice and Tonino
Baliardo, whose father is Manitas de Plata. Back in the 60s and
70s, Jose Reyes and Manitas de Plata had been very popular playing
together in Europe.
Encanto - is an original
composition, played in the flamenco form of solea. This
form is certainly one of the most important forms in
flamenco. The name is derived from "soledad" (solitude), which is
reflective of the form's solemn mood. Each measure in solea
has 12 beats, with accents on the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th.
This accent pattern makes solea a "hemiola" rhythm, a
particular kind of syncopation in which the meter seems to shift
temporarily from duple to triple or vice versa. Solea is traditionally played in either
the E phrygian or A phrygian mode. This one is in E phrygian.
Cavatina - This evocative
piece was written by British composer Stanley
Myers. It started out as a piano piece, but was later developed
(at the request of classical guitarist John Williams) into a guitar
piece. In 1978, it was used as the theme for the Academy Award
winning movie "The Deer Hunter".
Romance - is one of
the most popular classical guitar pieces of all time. There is
still much debate regarding who wrote the piece, so for now the author
la Alhambra - is another standard in
the world of classical guitar. It was written by
Francisco Tarrega in 1899, inspired by a trip to
Granada where he visited the Alhambra, the last palace of the
- is an original composition,
and is named after the flamenco form which it represents, taranta.
This variation of fandango evolved from
coalminer's songs in the province of Almeria, Spain. It's a
"free form" style, meaning it has no particular "compas"
(rhythm), so it lends itself well to artist improvisation.
This song is also on my Christmas cd, Adornos,
prelude to Pachelbel's Canon in D.
- is an original composition. It is played in the flamenco from
of buleria, another of
the most important forms in flamenco. It is also
a "hemiola" rhythm, as explained in Encanto above. I
chose the name Gipsy Dance because gipsies are often said to be the founding
fathers of flamenco, and because bulerias are very upbeat and
lively, making them favorite flamenco dances for many. Bulerias are commonly played in
the A phrygian mode, as is this one.
Standchen (Serenade) - was written by Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828). Though he died when he was just 31, Schubert produced
a wealth of symphonies, operas, masses, chamber music pieces, and piano
sonatas, most of which are considered standard repertoire. He wrote more than 100 songs, in addition
to numerous symphonic, operatic, and chamber music scores, before
he was 20 years old. As a student at the Stadtkonvikt
in Vienna, he met Antonio Salieri, who was very impressed by him: "He
must be taught by God himself", Salieri said. Schubert once said, "I am in the world
only for the purpose of composing. What I feel in my heart, I give to
- was written by Mahlon Lucas, from his cd entitled "Spanish
Fantasie". Mahlon studied with the Romeros, the famous family of
guitarists from Spain. He studied classical from Celedonio
Romero, and flamenco from Pepe Romero. In 1988, Celedonio
requested three of Mahlon's compositions for his own use.
Nocturne # 2
in E Flat - was written by
Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Chopin is often said to be the greatest of all composers for the piano. His works
include some 50 mazurkas, 25 preludes, 24 etudes, 21
nocturnes, 17 waltzes, 11 polonaises, 4 ballades and 3 sonatas.
original composition, and is named
the flamenco form which it represents, solea. As
explained in track #2 (Encanto), this form is
one of the most important forms in flamenco. The
name is derived from "soledad" (solitude), which is reflective of the
form's solemn mood. Each measure in solea has 12 beats, with
accents on the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th. This accent pattern
makes solea a "hemiola" rhythm, a particular kind of
syncopation in which the meter seems to shift temporarily from
duple to triple or vice versa. Solea is
traditionally played in either the E phrygian or A phrygian
mode. Unlike track #2, this one is played in the A phrygian
some fun playing with my daughters here!