In this session, Michel Dalberto discusses how to elevate the details in Los Majos Enamorados from Granados’ Goyescas. He acknowledges the technical difficulties of the work and suggests a few adjustments to provide more clarity to the listener. He asks for more support from the left hand, as well as more strength in the fifth finger, in order to achieve a more balanced sound. Additionally, he points out several occasions where the compositional directions could be more accurately carried out. For instance, he advocates for making a bigger difference between the markings poco and molto. He also describes the origin and the meaning behind the piece, encouraging student Tingan Kuo to make exaggerated gestures and play passionately to channel the emotions of a young person in love.
Adhering closely to the written markings in the music.
Exaggerating musical statements and emotions.
Bringing out the left hand.
Having strength in the fifth finger.
Playing with clarity and ease even throughout complex technical sections.
Enrique Granados’ Goyescas is a 1911 piano suite inspired by the works of Spanish artist Francisco Goya. The suite was written in two books and six movements, with a seventh, El Pelele, sometimes accompanying the suite. It is subtitled “Los majos enamorados,” or “gallants in love,” and was also later turned into an opera. Known for its technical difficulty and imaginative storytelling, the piece is a staple in late Romantic and Spanish piano literature. The suite is cyclical, with thematic material recurring throughout. With complex textures, frequent changes in color and mood, and abundant ornamentation, the music captivates listeners from start to finish.
The best-known piece from the work is the fourth, Quejas, ó la maja y el ruiseñor, which has since been adopted by popular Mexican songwriter Conseulo Velázquez.
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At the age of 20, he won the 1st Mozart Competition in Salzburg and received the Clara Haskil Prize.
Born in Paris in 1955 into a family with origins in the Dauphiné and the Italian Piedmont, Michel Dalberto began playing the piano at the age of three. He played in public for the first time at the age of five and a half, and at the early age of thirteen joined Vlado Perlemuter's class at the Paris Conservatoire.
At the age of twenty, he won the 1st Mozart Competition in Salzburg and was unanimously awarded the Clara Haskil Prize. In 1978, he was awarded the 1st Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Other accolades include the Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles-Cros, the Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français, the Diapason d’Or, and the Echo Prize in Germany.
He has been invited to play in many European music concert halls and venues with some of the most prestigious conductors. Since the beginning of his career, Michel Dalberto has been recognized as one of the leading interpreters of Schubert and Mozart. Moreover, he is the only living pianist to have performed and recorded the complete piano works of Schubert. Recent recordings include the complete chamber music of Fauré with Renaud Capuçon and the Quatuor Ebène (winner of the German Echo Prize), the Schubert cycles 'Winter Journey' and 'Swan Song' with baritone Stephan Genz.
Additionally, Michel Dalberto is a celebrated chamber musician who has played with the world’s greatest instrumentalists. Parallel to his career as a musician, Dalberto has conducted orchestras in Asia and Europe.
He was appointed Professor at the Paris Conservatoire in September 2011 and has a regular relationship with the Tianjin Conservatory. He has previously been invited to give masterclasses at the Accademia Pianistica in Imola, the Hochschule in Hannover, the Royal College in Manchester, and more.
In 1996, the Minister of Culture made him a Chevalier in the National Order of Merit in recognition of his artistic activity.
Enrique Granados was born in 1867 in Catalonia, Spain, in a military family. He started to take piano lessons as a child and moved to Paris as a young adult to continue his musical education. His Professor Charles-Wilfrid de Bériot was particularly very influential on his teaching style. He returned to his homeland in 1889, settling in Barcelona and started to make a name for himself. In the early 1890s, his opera María del Carmen received a lot of attention, even from the king. 1903 was a year of remarkable success for Granados as his Allegro de Concierto, Op. 46 won the Madrid Royal Conservatory competition. In 1911, the composer presented what was called the Goyecas, a series of pieces inspired by the painter Goya.
The First World War broke out. Granados and his wife died tragically on the SS Sussex, a British passenger ferry, which was sunk by a German U-boat. Granados left behind a repertoire consisting of piano music, chamber music, songs, zarzuelas, and an orchestral tone poem based on Dante's Divine Comedy. Many of his compositions were transcribed for the classical guitar. He also was a prominent teacher of his era, having influenced many composers such as Spanish Rosa García Ascot.
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