Joaquin Rodrigo: Berceuse de Printemps

Every once in a while,  you hear a piece that stops you dead in your tracks.  This happened one night while I was eating dinner and Pandora was streaming works on my “Gymnopedies for Piano” channel.

Pandora seemed to have lost its edge and sold out to advertisement.  Sometimes in the midst listening to a stream that was clearly in one genre, I’d be jolted by a song that was from a completely different one.  It took me a while to figure out that it was because my daughter and I shared the same Pandora account and she’d add channels of hip-hop, rap, and other artists.  So I created a new account and got back to my uninterrupted, sedate works.  Then I noticed that sometimes, in a stream, Pandora would eventually end up playing the same works over and over.  So that’s why it surprised me today when it suddenly kicked out “Berceuses de Printemps.”  It also surprised me for two other reasons.  First, I didn’t know Rodrigo composed for piano.  We’ve all heard his “Concierto de Aranjuez” about a gazillion times, so that was new for me.  Second, I was stunned by its sheer, unadorned beauty.  Rodrigo’s life spanned nearly the entire 20th century and he studied with Paul Dukas in Paris before returning to his native Spain.  So this piece sounds like it was influence by Debussy or Ravel.  It’s an utter joy, so please take a moment to give it a listen.


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2 Responses to Joaquin Rodrigo: Berceuse de Printemps

  1. XperDunn says:

    beautiful–thanks a lot. like you, I’m familiar with many composers’ works and it’s always a delight, becoming ever more rare, that I’m introduced to something totally new. I’d enjoyed the Aranjuez and the Gentilehomme for many years–but I also didn’t know of Rodrigo’s piano compositions, or this berceuse. Perhaps I’ll go whole hog and buy the sheet music….

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