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Federico Mompou

April 16, 1893 - June 30, 1987
born in Barcelona, Spain, composed during the Modern period
Mompou was a Catalan composer of lyric songs and piano miniatures whose music is characterized by Impressionist elegance, simple and direct melody, and the haunting, deep emotions of folk music.

Mompou studied piano at the Conservatorio del Liceo in Barcelona and gave his first concert at the age of 15. Three years later, with a letter of recommendation from composer Granados, he went to Paris to study piano and harmony. While there, he wrote his first piano pieces, the Impresiones intimas (1911-1914).

He became very taken with Debussy and the modern French composers, especially the spare melodiousness of Erik Satie. Mompou characterized this Satie quality in his music as "recomençament" (starting over at the beginning), a return to a kind of fundamental, basic state of realization. In emulation of Satie, Mompou adopted his method of scoring (in many of the piano works) by eliminating bar lines and key signatures, and (like Bartók and other composers) placing accidentals only before the notes to which they immediately apply. He also picked up the idea of inserting unusual and often illogically humorous comments, directions, and surreal images in the score, which actually serve to suggest the mood of a passage more adequately than the normal emotional and articulation markings -- some of Mompou's directions were "Chantez avec le fraîcheur de l'herbe humide" and "Donnez des excuses."

When World War I broke out, Mompou returned to Barcelona, where he continued composing from 1914-1921. His works at that time include the song L'hora grisa (1915) to words by Blancafort, and the piano sets Pessebres (1914-1917), Scènes d'enfants (1915-1918), Cants mágìcs (1917-1919), Fêtes lointaines (1920), and Charmes (1920-1921). Suburbis (1916-1917) contains musical portraits of people encountered during Mompou's long walks. They were richly orchestrated by Manuel Rosenthal in 1936. In El carrer, el guitarrista i el cavall (The road, the guitarist and the old horse) a trumpet tune suggests the slow progress of a cart loaded with stone drawn by a weary horse "with large, sad eyes." An old man grinds a (wonderfully imitated) barrel organ. Gitane I and Gitane II draw portraits of two female gypsy friends, La Fana and La Chatuncha, through teasing dance music. La cegueta expresses gentle empathy for "the little blind girl" whose slow, uncertain walk is expressed by mirrored patterns. In L'home de l'Aristó (The ariston player) we hear a jolly pieces played again by the wandering beggar musician.

In 1921 Mompou returned to Paris where he remained 20 years, and then returned permanently to Barcelona. He was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and elected to the Royal Academy of San Jorge in Barcelona and of San Fernando in Madrid.

The creation of many piano sets extended over large time 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 brilliant and evocative Paisajes (1942-1960), and Música callada (1959-1967).

Several of his significant songs include the Comptines I-VI (1931, 1943), Combat del somni (1942-1948), and Llueve sobre el rio, Pastoral (1945). His works for chorus are the Cantar del alma (1951) with text from St. John of the Cross, and Improperios (1963) for chorus and orchestra. ~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mompou Plays Mompou: Música Callada

Title: Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books

1. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: I. Primer Cuaderno: Angelico

2. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: II. Primer Cuaderno: Lent

3. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: III. Primer Cuaderno: Placide

4. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: IV. Primer Cuaderno: Afflitto E Penoso

5. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: V. Primer Cuaderno

6. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: VI. Primer Cuaderno: Lento

7. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: VII. Primer Cuaderno: Lento

8. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: VIII. Primer Cuaderno: Semplice

9. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: IX. Primer Cuaderno: Lento

10. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: X. Segundo Cuaderno: Lento-cantabile

11. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XI. Segundo Cuaderno: Allegretto

12. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XII. Segundo Cuaderno: Lento

13. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XIII. Segundo Cuaderno: Tranquilo-tres Calme

14. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XIV. Segundo Cuaderno: Severo-serieux

15. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XV. Segundo Cuaderno: Lento-plaintif

16. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XVI. Segundo Cuaderno: Calme

17. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XVII. Tercer Cuaderno: Lento

18. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XVIII. Tercer Cuaderno: Luminoso

19. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XIX. Tercer Cuaderno: Tranquillo

20. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XX. Tercer Cuaderno: Calme

21. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXI. Tercer Cuaderno: Lento

22. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXII. Cuarto Cuaderno: Molto Lento E Tranquillo

23. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXIII. Cuarto Cuaderno: Calme Avec Clarte

24. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXIV. Cuarto Cuaderno: Moderato

25. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXV. Cuarto Cuaderno

26. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXVI. Cuarto Cuaderno: Lento

27. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXVII. Cuarto Cuaderno: Lento Molto

28. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXVIII. Cuarto Cuaderno: Lento

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Track List: Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Vol. 2

Title: Preludes For Piano (12)
Title: Suburbis, Suite For Piano Or Orchestra
Title: Dialogues, 2 Pieces For Piano
Title: Cants Màgics, For Piano
Title: Chanson De Berceau, For Piano
Title: Fêtes Lointaines, 6 Pieces For Piano
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Track List: Frederic Mompou: Piano Music, Vol. 3

Title: Variations Sur Une Thème De Chopin, For Piano Or Orchestra
Title: Trois Variations, For Piano
Title: Souvenirs De L'exposition, For Piano
Title: Paisajes, For Piano
Title: Pessebres, For Piano
Title: Impressions íNtimes, For Piano
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Track List: Mompou: Piano Music, Vol. 1

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Track List: Mompou: Song Of The Soul - Complete Songs, Vol. 1

Title: Combat Del Somni, 5 Songs For Voice & Piano

1. Combat Del Somni, 5 Songs For Voice & Piano: I. Damunt De Tu Nomes Les Flors (Above You Only Flowers)

2. Combat Del Somni, 5 Songs For Voice & Piano: II. Aquesta Nit Un Mateix Vent (Tonight The Same Wind)

3. Combat Del Somni, 5 Songs For Voice & Piano: III. Jo Et Pressentia Com La Mar (I Sensed You Like The Sea)

4. Combat Del Somni, 5 Songs For Voice & Piano: IV. Fes-me La Vida Transparent (Make My Life Transparent)

5. Combat Del Somni, 5 Songs For Voice & Piano: VI. Ara no se si et veig encar (Now I Know Not Whether I Can Still See You)

Title: Pastoral, For Voice & Piano

6. Pastoral, For Voice & Piano: Pastoral, For Voice & Piano

Title: Llueve Sobre El Rio (Rain Falls On The River), Song For Voice & Piano

7. Llueve Sobre El Rio (Rain Falls On The River), Song For Voice & Piano: Llueve Sobre El Rio (Rain Falls On The River), Song For Voice & Piano

Title: Mira Quina Resplendor, For Chorus Or Voice & Piano

8. Mira Quina Resplendor, For Chorus Or Voice & Piano: Mira Quina Resplendor, For Chorus Or Voice & Piano

Title: 4 Melodies

9. 4 Melodies: I. Rosa Del Cami (A Rose On The Path)

10. 4 Melodies: II. Cortina De Fullatge (Curtain Of Leaves)

11. 4 Melodies: III. Incertitud (Uncertainty)

12. 4 Melodies: IV. Neu (Snow)

Title: La Canco De L'avia (Grandma's Song)

13. La Canco De L'avia (Grandma's Song): La Canco De L'avia (Grandma's Song), For Voice, Piano, And Orchestra

Title: Cantar Del Alma (Song Of The Soul), For Voice And Piano

14. Cantar Del Alma (Song Of The Soul), For Voice And Piano: Cantar Del Alma (Song Of The Soul), For Voice And Piano

Title: L'hora Grisa (The Twilight Hour), For Voice And Piano

15. L'hora Grisa (The Twilight Hour), For Voice And Piano: L'hora Grisa (The Twilight Hour), For Voice And Piano

Title: Quand L'amant Sortit (When Her Lover Left), For Voice And Piano (1919)

16. Quand L'amant Sortit (When Her Lover Left), For Voice And Piano (1919): Quand L'amant Sortit (When Her Lover Left), For Voice And Piano (1919)

Title: Quand L'amant Sortit (When Her Lover Left), For Voice And Piano (1915)

17. Quand L'amant Sortit (When Her Lover Left), For Voice And Piano (1915): Quand L'amant Sortit (When Her Lover Left), For Voice And Piano (1915)

Title: Quand L'amant Sortit (When Her Lover Left), For Voice And Piano (1914)

18. Quand L'amant Sortit (When Her Lover Left), For Voice And Piano (1914): Quand L'amant Sortit (When Her Lover Left), For Voice And Piano (1914)

Title: Psalm, For Voice And Piano

19. Psalm, For Voice And Piano: Psalm, For Voice And Piano

Title: 5 Melodias Sobre Textos De Paul Valery, For Voice And Piano

20. 5 Melodias Sobre Textos De Paul Valery, For Voice And Piano: I. La Fausse Morte (The Seeming Corpse)

21. 5 Melodias Sobre Textos De Paul Valery, For Voice And Piano: II. L'insinuant (Insinuation)

22. 5 Melodias Sobre Textos De Paul Valery, For Voice And Piano: III. Le Vin Perdu (Lost Wine)

23. 5 Melodias Sobre Textos De Paul Valery, For Voice And Piano: IV. Le Sylphe (The Sylph)

24. 5 Melodias Sobre Textos De Paul Valery, For Voice And Piano: V. Les Pas (Footsteps)

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Track List: Piano Music

Title: Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books

1. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: I. Primer Cuaderno: Angelico

2. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: II. Primer Cuaderno: Lent

3. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: III. Primer Cuaderno: Placide

4. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: IV. Primer Cuaderno: Afflitto E Penoso

5. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: V. Primer Cuaderno

6. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: VI. Primer Cuaderno: Lento

7. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: VII. Primer Cuaderno: Lento

8. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: VIII. Primer Cuaderno: Semplice

9. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: IX. Primer Cuaderno: Lento

10. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: X. Segundo Cuaderno: Lento-cantabile

11. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XI. Segundo Cuaderno: Allegretto

12. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XII. Segundo Cuaderno: Lento

13. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XIII. Segundo Cuaderno: Tranquilo-tres Calme

14. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XIV. Segundo Cuaderno: Severo-serieux

15. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XV. Segundo Cuaderno: Lento-plaintif

16. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XVI. Segundo Cuaderno: Calme

17. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XVII. Tercer Cuaderno: Lento

18. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XVIII. Tercer Cuaderno: Luminoso

19. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XIX. Tercer Cuaderno: Tranquillo

20. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XX. Tercer Cuaderno: Calme

21. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXI. Tercer Cuaderno: Lento

22. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXII. Cuarto Cuaderno: Molto Lento E Tranquillo

23. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXIII. Cuarto Cuaderno: Calme Avec Clarte

24. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXIV. Cuarto Cuaderno: Moderato

25. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXV. Cuarto Cuaderno

26. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXVI. Cuarto Cuaderno: Lento

27. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXVII. Cuarto Cuaderno: Lento Molto

28. Musica Callada, 28 Pieces For Piano In 4 Books: XXVIII. Cuarto Cuaderno: Lento

Title: El Pont, For Piano

29. El Pont, For Piano: El Pont

Title: Muntanya, Dansa For Piano

30. Muntanya, Dansa For Piano: Muntanya (Dansa)

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This guy sure loves using a whole tone scale :D I love it.
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would like to hear his Cango y Dansa no6
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