Composed for pianist Yoonie Han, this virtuoso work was inspired by the painting by John Singer Sargent.  Ms. Han premiered El Jaleo in a private house concert on November 16, 2013, and recorded it shortly after for the Steinway Records.  The CD will be issued in February 2014.

piano solo / 6 min.

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Program Note

When Yoonie Han invited me to compose a short piece for her, I thought of her ravishing recording of Granados’ Goyescas and her love of Spanish music and art.  John Singer Sargent’s painting El Jaleo – a stunning take on flamenco music and dance – soon suggested itself to me as a point of departure.  I have tried to evoke the cultivation, the ornament, the vocal style, and the measured intensification of flamenco performance.  The piece traces a gradual acceleration and crescendo to the frenetic moment, el jaleo, captured in the painting.

—Theodore Wiprud


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