Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Video: Laments or The Maiden and the Nightingale

The Maiden and the Nightingale (Quejas ó la Maja y el Ruiseñor) is the fourth piece in Enrique Granados' Goyescas suite for piano. It's not really fair to say that one piece of music is "better" than another, but I think it's probably safe to say that Goyescas is the best music ever written by anybody.

I like to think of Maiden as a battle between a young maiden who is determined to be dark and dramatic and a little bird intent on pulling her out of her funk. You can hear the bird fluttering in and out through most of the piece. But you'll have to listen through to the end to find out who wins.

Granados: Laments or The Maiden and the Nightingale from Ken Barker on Vimeo.

1 comment:

  1. Here's more wonderful music for us, Kenneth, on the eve of year 2009! We love reading your introductions and listening to you play. Thank you!

    Louise and David