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SPANISH MUSIC




BACKGROUND

When I was 11 years old, my grandparents took me to hear the Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha in concert at Avery Fisher Hall. I was looking forward to the first half of the program, which included music by composers familiar to me—Bach, Haydn, and Mendelssohn. The second half looked more daunting—dedicated entirely to works by a Spaniard named Manuel de Falla, whose last name I assumed rhymed with “Paula”. Traffic was heavy coming into Manhattan that afternoon, and we missed the entire first half. It didn’t take more than the first few notes of Falla’s “Danza de la molinera” to make me realize that all was not lost. All at once, I found myself seduced by the robust folkloricism of this music, coupled to the exotic harmonic world and fanciful voicing of so much French Impressionistic music. Ever since then, the music of Spain has been central to my work as a performing artist and educator.


REPERTORY




SPANISH-MUSIC-GOYA-PUPPETIn my efforts to disseminate the music of Spain, I have been blessed with considerable support from the Spanish government and other agencies devoted to promoting Spanish culture. The Spanish Consulate in N.Y.C., the Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture, the Foundation for Iberian Music at the CUNY Graduate Center, the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, and Instituto Cervantes have all provided much meaningful assistance.Below is a list of  works by Spanish and Latin-American composers I have performed as a soloist or chamber musician over the years. Examples of Spanish-influenced music by non-Hispanic composers are included as well. Elsewhere, videos, cds, collaborations with living Spanish composers, and my writings on this repertoire are accessible, as is information on the Burgos International Music Festival, where I teach and serve as Director of Cultural Outreach each summer. On several occasions, I’ve also been able to share my love of this repertory with students from a variety of backgrounds through courses offered at Instituto Cervantes of N.Y.C., Concordia College, and Brooklyn College.

Adam Kent Spanish and Latin-American Repertory

Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)

Cantos de España (complete)

First Suite Española (complete)

Suite Iberia (complete)

Tango in D

Mateo Albéniz (1755?-1831)

Sonata in D

Roman Alís (1931-2006)

Three Images of New York State, Op. 222 (World premiere with Damocles Trio at CUNY Graduate Center in 2007)

Lleonard Balada (b. 1933)

Persistencies

Preludis obstinants

Pedro Blanco (1882-1919)

Hispania, Op. 4

Paul Bowles (1910-1999)

El bejuco

Salvador Brotons (b. 1959)

Piano Trio

Requiem Trio

Sonata for Cello and Piano

Toccata per a Piano, Op. 93

Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566)

Diferencias sobre “el Canto del Caballero”

Benet Casablancas (b. 1959)

Tres Haikus

¡Sí, a Montsalvatge!

Gaspar Cassadò (1897-1966)

Los requiebros for cello and piano

Piano Trio

Anna Cazurra (b. 1965)

Mediterrània

Carlos Chávez (1899-1978)

10 Preludes (various)

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

El Salón México (arr. by Leonard Bernstein)

Fr. Agostinho da Cruz (ca. 1590-1633?)

Verso del 8o tom por d-sol-re

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

La puerta del vino

Sérénade interrompue

Soirée dans Grenade

Òscar Esplà  (1889-1976)

Sonata espafiola, Op. 53

Amparo Fabra (b. 1974)

Estudio-Fantasía

Song cycles on poetry by Francisco Acuyo and Amalia Iglesias

Suite

Variaciones sobre”el garbancito”

Visiones

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Pièces Espagnoles

Fantasía Bética

Noches en los Jardines de España

Siete Canciones Populares Españolas for voice and piano

Suite Populaire Espagnole for cello or violin and piano

Transcriptions from “El amor brujo”, “El sombrero de tres picos”, and “El retablo de Maese Pedro”

Oscar Lorenzo Fernândez (1897-1948)

Trio Brasileiro

Josep Freixanet (1730-1762)

Sonata in A Major

Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970)

Dos Apunts

Dances from “Don Quixote”

Three Impromptus

Piano Trio

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)

Danzas argentinas

Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

Danzas españolas Nos. 1, 5, and 9

Escenas románticas

Goyescas (complete)

Piano Trio, Op. 50

Tonadillas for voice and piano

Valses poéticos

Jesús Guridi (1886-1961)

Seis Canciones Castellanas for voice and piano

Ernesto Halffter (1905-1989)

Canciones populares portuguesas for voice and piano

Canto Inca for voice and piano

Complete works for solo piano (recorded for Bridge Records)

Fantasía española for cello and piano

Madrigal for violin and piano

Petite Suite “Hommages” for piano trio

Pregón from “Hommage à Salvador Dalí” for voice and piano

Rapsodia Portuguesa for piano and orchestra

Señora for voice and piano

Transcriptions for cello and piano by Gaspar Cassadò

Transcriptions for violin and piano by Henryk Szeryng

Rodolfo Halffter (1900-1988)

Piano Sonata No. 2

Dos Sonatas de El Escorial

Joaquim Homs (1906-2003)

Diptic per a piano

Impromptu No. 6

Jacques Ibert (1890-1962)

Bajo la mesa

Antonio José (1902-1936)

Marcha de los soldados de ploma

Tres Danzas Burgalesas

Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008)

Piano Trio No. 1

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)

Don Quixote: Sechs Charakterstücke

Tania León (b. 1943)

Atwood Songs for soprano and piano

Homenatge

Mística

Parajota Delaté

Piano Trio

Rituál

To and Fro for soprano and piano

Tumbao

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Spanish Rhapsody

Frank Marshall (1883-1959)

Suite Catalonia

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

Saudades do Brasil (various)

Federico Mompou (1887-1983)

12 Canciones y danzas

El pont for cello and piano

Impresiones íntimas

Música callada (excerpts)

Suburbis

Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002)

Cinco Canciones Negras for voice and piano

Sonatine pour Yvette

Tres divirtimientos sobre temas de autores olvidados

Piano Trio

Joaquín Nin (1879-1949)

Seguida Española for cello and piano

Joaquín Nin-Culmell (1908-2004)

Danses cubaines

48 Tonadas

Piano Quintet

Sonata breve

Tres Homenajes

Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710)

Partite sopra la Aria della Folia da Espagna

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Alborada del gracioso

Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)

Cinco Piezas del Siglo XVI

Tres danzas de España

Tres evocaciones para piano

Miguel-Ángel Roig-Francolì (b. 1953)

Con los ojos cerrados for voice and piano

Sonata for cello and piano

Songs of the Infinite for violin and piano

Songs of Light and Darkness for piano trio

Suite Apócrifa

Antonio Soler (1729-1783)

Keyboard Sonatas R. 15, 21, 24, 84, 88, and 90

Carlos Surinach (1915-1997)

Piano Quartet

Sonatina

Suite from “The Acrobats of God”

Trois Chansons et Danses Espagnoles

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)

El poema de una sanluqueña, Op. for violin and piano

Piano Quartet, Op. 67

Piano Trios (complete, recorded for Claves Records)

Polimnia for cello and piano

Rapsodia sinfónica, Op. 66 for piano and orchestra

Scènes andalouses for viola, string quartet, and piano

Sonata Pintoresca: Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Op. 24

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, Op. 51

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2, Op. 82

Tres Danzas Fantásticas, Op. 22

Octavio Vázquez (b. 1972)

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

A prole do bebê No. 1 (complete)

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4

Piano Trios (complete—recorded for Claves Records)

Martin Zalba (b. 1959)

Proverbios for piano trio

Sebastián Zubieta (b. 1965)

Coronata di stelle for piano trio

CONTACT


For more information and booking, please email:

adamkentpianist@gmail.com

PHOTOGRAPHY



Formal Shots: Michael Dames and James Keyser
Candid Shots in Spain: Joel Weinberg
Candid Shots of Damocles Trio: Sibylle Johner
Carnegie Hall Shots: Young Jang