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Rodrigo - Sonatas de Castilla - 4: Sonata, como un Tiento

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Published on Nov 10, 2013

Rodrigo considered his 5 Sonatas de Castilla, prefaced by a Toccata a modo de Pregon, to be his most important work for piano. Though I have not played all of them yet (they're rather difficult, except this one) I tend to agree with him. They were composed in 1950-1951 and premiered by the composer (who was an excellent pianist despite being virtually blind) on the day he was accepted as a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Madrid.

The fourth Sonata is subtitled "Sonata, como un Tiento", the Tiento being an old Spanish musical form used by instrumentalists. It is dedicated to Frank Marshall, a name well known to all lovers of Spanish piano music. This pensive Scarlatti-like piece has an aching beauty which I hope to have brought out.

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