Spanish romantic songs and arias
Marta Almajano – soprano (Spain)
Michel Kiener – pianoforte (Switzerland)
Monday 4 July 2005, 7.30 pm
Waldstein Palace, Knights Hall, Valdštejnské nám. 7, Praha 1
Spanish Romanticism in music is a term unfamiliar to the ears of Central Europeans. Some historians of music even assert that Romanticism is a “northern” concept. Indeed, some of the typical romantic genres are scarcely represented in the Spanish music production of the period: the Spanish composers focussed above all on the opera (strongly influenced since the 17th century by Italy) and songs. In the latter the typical romantic inclination to folklore. The Spanish romantic songs presented in the evening’s programme therefore resounded – despite being dressed up in the salon form and accompanied by the pianoforte – with typical melodic, harmonic and rhythmical structures of the local folk music. The composers encompassed in the programme are typical exponents of this genre.