Coloured minds (2022) for piano

Coloured minds (2022) for piano was commissioned by and dedicated to Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, a 23 year old Canadian pianist first prize winner of the 2022 Maria Canals Piano Competition, 2022 Santander Paloma O’Shea, and 2022 Hilton Head Piano Competition.

World Premiere on June 8, 2023, Ruhr Piano festival in Essen, Germany by Jaeden Izik-Dzurko

Spanish premiere on June 14, 2023, at Auditorio Nacional de Musica de Madrid by Jaeden Izik-Dzurko

Program notes:

After listening to Jaeden’s version of my composition Portraits I at the Canals competition, I became captivated by his colourful and multidimensional playing, as well as the sincerity of all his performances. Although Canadian, Jaeden’s family background is Hungarian and Ukrainian, and we both have some common interests in color (timbre), light (harmonic contrasts), intervallic distance and geometry, melodic and rhythmic motives, and musical polyphony.

Coloured minds is then the product of a kind of meeting of the minds. Being a Spanish-Catalan by birth, I have always been interested in color and light (I used to paint and draw) and I think visually and geometrically, including in music. I am especially sensitive to intervals and their directional tendencies, horizontally and vertically. Coloured minds incorporates a high level of interaction between right and left hand, harmonic and register (timbre) changes, motivic development, spaced out intervals and chords, and polyphony.

Structurally, I used a modified sonata-allegro form that feels as such from the emotional and psychological relieve that the music brings, and not coming from a traditional use of key signatures. For example, the recapitulation brings back the calmness and comfort of the initial exposition theme and feels like coming home after the restlessness of the development, which is not about fighting themes or fragments of themes, but more of a sensation of being away from home. The second theme is almost like a memory in the recap but in a simpler harmonic language sounding more major and optimistic, as if providing resolution. The emphasis at the end (and the coda) is on the wide spaced intervallic motive which I took from Image (from Portraits) and was one of my favourites as well as Jaeden. This motive is very important in the whole piece. In general, all the motives I use help to create and determine the structure of the piece.

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Homenatge a Mompou, for piano solo (2007)

Duration: 7 ‘
Commissioned by Dutch pianist Marcel Worms.
Premiered by Marcel Worms (November 2007) in a all-Mompou Festival in Amsterdam at the Noorderkerk, a beautiful church in the centre of Amsterdam, and at the Bethaniënklooster, a former 15th century monastery in the Wallen ‘red light’ district in Amsterdam.

PROGRAM NOTES (read more)

Published by Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag.

 

 

Mirage, for solo piano (1997)

Duration: 9’30”
Commissioned for the 1997 San Antonio International Piano Competition in Memory of Andrew Russell Gurwitz.
World premiere by pianist Roger Wright at the Ruth Taylor Hall at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, in October 1997.
New York premiere at Merkin Recital Hall by San Antonio International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Mi-Jung Im in March 1998.
Asian premiere at Kumamoto College of Music in Japan performed by the composer in April 1998.

“Virtuosic work that makes equal demands on a pianist’s technique, lyricism and sense of form.” San Antonio Express-News.

PROGRAM NOTES

“Mirage”  Audio 

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Lyric scenes for the young for solo piano (1999)

Duration: 6 ‘
Commissioned by Dr. Francis Kane of San Antonio.

Six contrasting lyrical and generally slow paced pieces with an introspective quality.
Late intermediate level.

I. The little soldier
II. Andalusian landscape
III. Remembrance
IV. Children at play
V. A far away kingdom
VI. Catch me if you can.

Published by Hidden Oaks Music Company.

Portraits I for solo piano (2000)

Duration: 18-20′
Commissioned by the Texas Music Teachers Association and dedicated to pianist Roger Wright.
World premiere by Roger Wright at the 2000 TMTA State Convention in Austin, TX, June 10-14, 2000.
Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year Award from MTNA in 2001.
Performance history.

“It was a privilege to give the premiere of Portraits I, a richly colored multi-movement work by the gifted composer Elisenda Fabregas. Fabregas artfully suspends moods from evocative to plaintive and poignant to payful, with a style that is uniquely hers, while always attending to the overall scope in a convincing and refreshing manner. It is utterly pianistic – I adore it, and will perform it again and again.” Roger Wright

PROGRAM NOTES (read more)

I. Image (audio)
II. Capriccio (audio)
III. Lament (audio)
IV. Intermezzo (audio)
V. Toccata (audio)

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Album for the Young for piano (2002) (three books)

Duration: 29′

The album is a collection of thirty-four short pieces ranging from early to late intermediate level. They are organized in three books in order of difficulty. These pieces are one or two pages long and cover a wide range of styles: from Renaissance to contemporary in the first two books, and Spanish and Latin American idioms in the third book. Fingering, pedaling articulation marks and other performance indications are provided for each piece. The writing is melodic and non-polyphonic making it more accessible to the early intermediate student. All the pieces are usually in ABA form. All three books are available from Hidden Oaks Music Company.

“Here is real piano music imaginatively written with clever and interesting rhythms and beautiful harmonic coloring. It is a joy to have all three volumes of these pieces. Young students to adults will enjoy these eminently pianistic and delightful works that display a wide variety of styles.” Professor Maurice Hinson.

BOOK I (read more) 

The puppy dog, At the monastery, March of the tortoises, Waltz of the peacoks, Medieval monk’s chant, Elizabethan dance, Hide and seek, Echoes from the past, Drifting clouds (Homage to Debussy), A little goat, Song of the boatman, Platero, the baby donkey, Gigue (Homage to J.S. Bach).

BOOK II (read more) 

Enchanted mesa (A Native-American landscape), Merry-go-roung, Ragtime, Sicilienne, Joggin, Daydreams, Toccata, The soldier’s ghost, Woodpeckers at work, Cloudy day, The runaway clock, A breezy afternoon, Dance of the chipmunks.

BOOK III (read more) 

Spanish fiesta, Nana (Spanish lullaby), Sardana (Catalonian dance), Jota (dance of Northeast Spain), Habanera (Cuban/Spanish dance), Tango, Homage to Ginastera.

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Miniatures for the Young for piano in three books (2004)

Duration: 20′
Miniatures for the Young were commissioned by Dr. Charles Goodhue of San Antonio, TX, on the occasion of a recital of his piano students on May 15, 2004. Most of theses pieces were premiered and performed by Dr. Charles Goodhue piano students at San Pedro Presbyterian Church on 281 in San Antonio on May 15, 2004.

BOOK I (grades 1 and 2)
Magic snowflake, Ghost lament, Playful seals, Baby jellyfish, Medieval procession, Sleepy angels, Saturday morning.

BOOK II (grades 2 and 3)
The mouse on a motorcycle, Cloister bells, On the western trail, March of the puppets, March of the fire ants, Harvest festival, The duckling.

BOOK III (grades 3 to 5)
Apache war dance, Dinosaur footprints, First Chinese New Year, Second Chinese New Year, Spanish guitar, Song of the ‘infant’ Arabian princess, Song of the Arabian princess.

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Hommage à Mozart (2005)

Duration: 10′
Written for pianist Eric Himy in conmemoration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s death 2006.
Multiple performances partially sponsored by the American Composers Forum through its Encore Program, supporting repeat performances of new works.

2006-07  Performances.
PROGRAM NOTES

Audio excerpt 1
Audio excerpt 2

Published by Hofmeister Musikverlag.