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Gymnopedie No. 1 & Chiquitíta


Gymnopédia No. 1. Composed by Erik Satie (1866-1925, France) & performed by Brandon Acker.

Satie was a pianist and avid composer who wrote a fairly large number of works mainly for piano. This particular piece is one of three that belong to Satie's suite Trois Gynmopédies. The piece may sound simple but it offers some fun and challenging counterpoint that I think you'll enjoy. Brandon Acker does a beautiful and very expressive rendition of this piece for solo guitar.

 

Chiquitíta (bulería por soleá). Composed & performed by Antón Jiménez.

The bulería por soleá (a.k.a., soleá por bulería, bulerías al golpe & bulerías para escuchar) was developed somewhere between the mid- to late 1800s. It is rhythmically and harmonically almost identical to the soleá but performed at a faster tempo (between 130-170 BPM). Melodically, the bulería por soleá is notably different from the soleá although both styles are played in modal tonalities -- the bulería por soleá is typically played in A or E Spanish Phrygian depending on the singer's range. This instrumental version by Antón Jiménez is one of my favorites. Enjoy!

 

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