Joaquim Homs: Piano Music

Joaquim Homs: Piano Music

by Jordi Masó, Maso, Villalba
     
 

Joaquim Homs was a Catalonian composer, schooled in Schoenberg's twelve-tone techniques, so one might expect to hear music that shouts "I'm different, I'm learned, respect me!" However, Homs' piano music, particularly as played by Jordi Masó, speaks more for the person who wrote it, rather than for itself. Much of it is atonal and composedSee more details below

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Joaquim Homs was a Catalonian composer, schooled in Schoenberg's twelve-tone techniques, so one might expect to hear music that shouts "I'm different, I'm learned, respect me!" However, Homs' piano music, particularly as played by Jordi Masó, speaks more for the person who wrote it, rather than for itself. Much of it is atonal and composed following prescribed techniques, but it is at the same time very evocative and emotionally expressive. This, the third disc of Homs' music by Masó, opens with a set of Catalonian dances for piano duet that are actually polytonal and melodic. The three dances are sprightly and use canon and imitation frequently. The first one in particular seems to take delight in the juxtaposition of tonalities. Miquel Villalba partners with Masó for these and the following "Andante," which is a serial work. The "Andante" and the "Sonata" are more academic-sounding than most of the works here, while the "Toccata" sounds like Bach writing with twentieth century harmonies. The miniatures are the most appealing pieces. They are what give the listener a sense of the man behind the music. The "Nine Sketches" are based on poems (included in the liner notes) and are extremely brief. In them, one hears the anxiety of things going bump in the night, the rain running down a roof, the shining spring sun. "Diptych II," "Record del mar," and "Vals de suburbi" are equally picturesque. The final "Presències" are a musical diary written by Homs after his wife's death. Masó understands Homs' work and sensitively strikes a fine balance between the technical and the emotional aspects of it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2005
Label:
Marco Polo
UPC:
0636943529423
catalogNumber:
8225294
Rank:
352850

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Tracks

  1. Sardanes (3) for piano, 4-hands  - Joaquim Homs  - Jordi Masó  - Miquel Villalba
  2. Andante for piano, 4-hands (from Wind Quintet No. 1)  - Joaquim Homs  - Jordi Masó  - Miquel Villalba
  3. Piano Sonata No. 2  - Joaquim Homs  - Jordi Masó
  4. Apunts (9) for piano  - Joaquim Homs  - Jordi Masó
  5. Toccata for piano  - Joaquim Homs  - Jordi Masó
  6. Díptic II, for piano  - Joaquim Homs  - Jordi Masó
  7. Record del mar, for piano  - Joaquim Homs  - Jordi Masó
  8. Vals de suburbi, for piano  - Joaquim Homs  - Jordi Masó
  9. Presències, for piano  - Joaquim Homs  - Jordi Masó

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