Manuel Ponce died in April 1948. Therefore his music enters Public Domain today, on January 1 2019, which is the start of the year following the 70th anniversary of his death.
To commemorate the event, I offer here my recording made this morning of three of his lesser-known Preludes. In 1930, Manuel Ponce wrote a set of "24 Preludes" for Andres Segovia, who in turn chose (for a variety of reasons) to only publish 12 of these. In 1948, Ponce wrote a series of "Six Short Preludes" and dedicated this set to Juanita Chavez, daughter of his close friend, the composer Carlos Chavez. I've long suspected -- albeit without a shred of concrete evidence -- that Ponce took some of the thematic material from the rejected Preludios #2 and #4 of the older set, and reworked that material into what became Preludio Corto #1 some eighteen years later.
With that in mind, I offer here all three of the Preludios discussed above, Nos. 2 and 4 of the 1930 set, followed by #1 of the 1948 cycle.
TECH DATA: Recorded January 1 2019, using my 2008 Kenny Hill "Rodriguez" model guitar, cedar and Indian rosewood. Strings are Augustine Imperial Blue. Camcorder is the reliable but non-fancified Flip UltraHD.
Last edited by David Norton on Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:53 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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