Llobet, Miquel - Plany - Catalan Protest Song Arrangement - Video

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Llobet, Miquel - Plany - Catalan Protest Song Arrangement - Video

Post by RobMacKillop » Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:18 am

One of Llobet's "folk song" arrangements. This one was actually published in a choral arrangement in 1897, with Llobet's version being dated Barcelona, 6 de November 1899. The lyrics for the choral version lament "the loss of Catalonia's ancient right to autonomous government", according to Stefano Grondona's Chanterelle edition. It's often played as a Romantic piece, but it is in fact (or, more correctly, in my reading) a restless, deeply troubled piece, brilliantly harmonised for guitar by Miquel (to give him his Catalan spelling) Llobet when he was merely 21 years old - incredible.

I'd love to know what Llobet meant by the direction at the head of the score, Poc à poc - presumably little by little. He uses it also for El Testamen, where his own recording is a little stressed here and there.

Anyway, here it is:


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Re: Llobet, Miquel - Plany - Catalan Protest Song Arrangement - Video

Post by Steve Ganz » Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:35 am

Sounding good Rob. Moody and mysterious.
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Post by tateharmann » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:22 am

Fabulous! I really like your interpretation of this. Poc a poc does indeed mean little by little or bit by bit. In the context of music, however, I would guess it means to take it slow or not rush it. Which you indeed did!
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Re: Llobet, Miquel - Plany - Catalan Protest Song Arrangement - Video

Post by RobMacKillop » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:38 am

Cheers, hombres.

It's an odd experience to learn El Testamen before hearing Llobet's interpretation of his poc à poc, which is somewhat nervous, almost habañera-like at times, not slow and steady. I guess each of us has to play it as we hear it. In this video, I could have played it much slower, almost as if the singer had given up and was wailing his or her lament. But it struck me as having an undercurrent of anger, resistance, defiance, as well as being a lament, which I tried to bring out. It's more than a pretty tune with nice and interesting harmonies.

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Re: Llobet, Miquel - Plany - Catalan Protest Song Arrangement - Video

Post by Christopher Langley » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:00 am

Really nice recording Rob.

Gorgeous tone.

I really love your RH approach, smoother than smooth.
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Re: Llobet, Miquel - Plany - Catalan Protest Song Arrangement - Video

Post by RobMacKillop » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:41 am

Cheers, Christopher. Glad you like it.

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