Sunday, 26 February 2012

Vianna da Motta - Au bord du lac de Pena

Vianna da Motta

José Vianna da Motta (1868 – 1948) was a portuguese composer and pianist.
He started his musical studies in Conservatório Nacional (Lisbon).  With the support of king D. Fernando and Condessa d’Edla , he went to Berlin to continue his studies. He worked with Xaver Scharwenka, Philip Scharwenka and Carl Schaeffer. Also he worked with Franz Liszt and Hans Von Bullow.

Vianna da Motta was very renowed for his musical interpretations.  He was the first pianist to play all the Beethoven’s sonatas in Portugal.
As a composer, he wrote in a romantic style, being almost his works for piano. Some of his works includes Portuguese Rhpasodies, Ballade op. 16 and the symphonie À Pátria.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Alfredo Casella

Alfredo Casella (1883-1947) was an italian pianist and composer.

He was raised into a music family. His grandfather was the first celist in «São Carlos Theather» (Lisbon) and in Royal Chapel (Turim). His father, Carlo Casella, was a celist and his mother  was Casella’s first teacher,

In 1896, Casella went to Paris to follow his musical studies; he worked with Louis Diémer (piano) and Gabril Fauré (composition). During his Parisian period, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, and Manuel de Falla were acquaintances, and he was in contact with Ferruccio Busoni, Gustav Mahler, and Richard Strauss as well.

Altough he admired Debussy’s works, Casella pursued a more romantic vein.  He wrote for piano, orchestral and chamber music. Some of his best known compositions includes A Notte Alta, the Sonatina, Nove Pezzi, and the Six Studies, Op. 70, for piano