The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and Instituto Cervantes de Manila, in collaboration with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, is set to offer a special concert of piano music and art songs.
Manila-born soprano Andión Fernández and Spanish musician Alberto Urroz will take center stage at the CCP Little Theater on August 21, 7 p.m., to pay tribute to Enrique Granados, pianist and composer with a uniquely Spanish style.
Manila joins other music-loving cities around the world in doing homage to Granados which comes a hundred years after the artist drowned in the English Channel while attempting in vain to save his wife—tragic casualties of the unrestricted submarine attacks of the First World War.
The concert explores three aspects of Granados’ diverse oeuvre for piano, which go far beyond the narrow stereotypes of Spanish music only too familiar in most countries.
Granados’ love of old Spanish music is exemplified in his re-composition of Domenico Scarlatti’s G major harpsichord sonata, K 520. The ballad El amor y la muerte from the monumental piano suite Goyescas reveals the profound inspiration Granados drew from Spanish art and culture. Finally, the varied faces of Spanish folk music are represented in three of his colorful Danzas españolas.
An unusual but fitting tribute to Granados is offered by the Berlin-based Filipino composer Jeffrey Ching and as following in the Spanish artist´s footsteps, he adds his own Sonata Domenica to the ‘Scarlattiana’ tradition that Granados began. The work is dedicated to Alberto Urroz, who will be giving its world premiere at this concert.
The second half of the program consists of three highly individual song cycles that illustrate once again the extreme contrasts to be found among Spanish composers: Granados’ Tonadillas en estilo antiguo, Mompou’s Combat del somni, and De Falla’s well-known Siete canciones populares españolas.
Entrance is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information please log on to Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.