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Federico Mompou

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Mompou was a Catalan author of lyric songs and piano miniatures whose music is seen as a Impressionist style, simple and direct melody, as well as the haunting, deep feelings of folk music. Mompou examined piano on the Conservatorio del Liceo in Barcelona and gave his 1st concert at age 15. 3 years later, having a notice of suggestion from composer Granados, he visited Paris to review piano and tranquility. While there, he had written his 1st piano items, the Impresiones intimas (1911-1914). He became extremely used with Debussy and the present day French composers, specifically the extra melodiousness of Erik Satie. Mompou characterized this Satie quality in his music as “recomençament” (beginning over at the start), a go back to some sort of fundamental, fundamental condition of realization. In emulation of Satie, Mompou used his approach to scoring (in lots of from the piano functions) through the elimination of pub lines and crucial signatures, and (like Bartók along with other composers) putting accidentals only prior to the records to that they instantly apply. He also found the thought of placing unusual and frequently illogically humorous remarks, directions, and surreal pictures within the score, that actually serve to recommend the mood of the passage more effectively than the regular psychological and articulation markings — a few of Mompou’s directions had been “Chantez avec le fraîcheur de l’herbe humide” and “Donnez des excuses.” When Globe Battle I broke out, Mompou came back to Barcelona, where he continuing composing from 1914-1921. His functions in those days include the melody L’hora grisa (1915) to phrases by Blancafort, as well as the piano pieces Pessebres (1914-1917), Scènes d’enfants (1915-1918), Cants mágìcs (1917-1919), Fêtes lointaines (1920), and Charmes (1920-1921). Suburbis (1916-1917) includes musical portraits of individuals came across during Mompou’s lengthy walks. These were richly orchestrated by Manuel Rosenthal in 1936. In Un carrer, un guitarrista i un cavall (The street, the guitarist as well as the previous equine) a trumpet tune suggests the gradual progress of the cart packed with rock drawn by way of a weary equine “with large, unhappy eyes.” A vintage guy grinds a (wonderfully imitated) barrel body organ. Gitane I and Gitane II pull portraits of two feminine gypsy close friends, La Fana and La Chatuncha, through teasing dance music. La cegueta expresses soft empathy for “the tiny blind gal” whose gradual, uncertain walk is normally portrayed by mirrored patterns. In L’home de l’Aristó (The ariston participant) we hear a jolly parts played again with the wandering beggar musician. In 1921 Mompou came back to Paris where he continued to be 20 years, and came back completely to Barcelona. He was produced a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres with the French federal government, and elected towards the Royal Academy of San Jorge in Barcelona and of San Fernando in Madrid. The creation of several piano pieces extended over huge period spans: the 12 Cançons i dansas (1921-1928, 1942-1962), the ten Préludes (1927-1930, 1943-1951), Variaciones sobre un tema di Chopin (1938-57), the outstanding and evocative Paisajes (1942-1960), and Música callada (1959-1967). Many of his significant music are the Comptines I-VI (1931, 1943), Fight del somni (1942-1948), and Llueve sobre un rio, Pastoral (1945). His functions for chorus will be the Cantar del alma (1951) with text message from St. John from the Combination, and Improperios (1963) for chorus and orchestra.

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Full Name Federico Mompou
Died June 30, 1987, Barcelona, Spain
Profession Composer, Pianist
Education Conservatoire de Paris, Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu
Nationality Spanish
Spouse Carmen Bravo
Parents Frederic Mompou, Josefina Dencausse
Siblings Josep Mompou
Music Songs Cançons i danses: Canción y Danza I, Scènes d'enfants: V. Jeunes filles au jardin, Pajaro triste, Cantar del alma, Trois variations, Pessebres, La fuente y la campana, Carros de Galicia, Pour endormir la souffrance, Gitano, Dansa, Damunt de tu només les flors, El lago, Prelude No. 8, Souvenirs de l'Exposition, L'ermita, Le nuage, Cris dans la rue, Canción de cuna, Cançò, Jeux sur la plage, El carrer, el guitarrista i el vell cavall, Pajaro triste, from Impresiones Intimas, Cançons i Danses: Cançons i Danses, No. 6, 4 Melodies: No. 4. Neu, Prelude No. 5, Cançons i Danses: No. 7, Impresiones intimas: No. 8, Secreto, Canción y danza no. 8, Prélude X, Canco i dansa No. 6, Canción y danza VI
Albums Música Callada (piano: Javier Perianes), Frederic Mompou: Música Callada, Mompou plays Mompou, Silent Music, Piano Music by Federico Mompou, Mompou: Complete Piano Works, Cançons i danses, Mompou interpreta Mompou, Spanish Songs and Dances, Mompou Songs, Suite compostelana / Canciones y danzas, Mompou interpreta Mompou, vol. 1, Récital (Mono Version), Mompou interpreta Mompou, Vol. 4, Discover Mompou, Mompou interpreta Mompou, Vol. 3, Werke für Gitarre, Mompou: Preludes - Canciónes Y Danzas - Impresiones Intimas, Piano Music, Volume 3, Bach/Busoni - Scarlatti - Beethoven - Brahms etc., The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 18: Granados / Falla / Albéniz / Mompou, The Piano Works, Volume I: Cançons i danses / Impresiones íntimas, Obras para piano, Música española: Música para piano IV, 20th Century Spanish Piano, Sacred Choral Music from Spain, Falla: 7 canciones populares españolas / Harpsichord Concerto / Granados / Mompou / Nin


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Soundtrack

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Acte institucional de l'Onze de Setembre 2014 TV Movie writer: "Damunt de tu només les flors"
Conxita Badia no existeix 2012 Documentary performer: "Damunt de tu només les flors" / writer: "Damunt de tu només les flors"
Calidoscopi Montalbán 2012 TV Movie writer: "Musica callada"
Acte institucional de la Diada de Catalunya 2012 TV Movie music: "Jo et pressentia com la mort"
Soldados de Salamina 2003 writer: "Cançó i dansa N. VI", "Cançó i dansa N. VIII"
El embrujo de Shanghai 2002 writer: "Canción y danza nº6"

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Así es Cataluña 1948 Documentary
Barcelona medieval 1946 Documentary short
Barcelona monumental 1946 Documentary short
La imperial Tarragona 1946 Short
Los grandes monasterios 1946 Short documentary
Templos románicos 1946 Short

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50 anys en companyia 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Memòries de la tele 2008 TV Series Himself

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