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At the beginning of the 20th century, a Spanish piano virtuoso, among Franz Liszt’s last pupils, wrote a series of twelve remarkable compositions for the piano. Published in four volumes, these twelve independent pieces are collectively titled Iberia. Its composer, Isaac Albeniz, succeeded in bringing together the virtuoso pianism of his teacher, the wonderful harmonies and colors of the French Impressionists Debussy and Ravel, and most importantly the rhythmic and melodic patterns of Andalucía—southern Spain. Although Albeniz worried that he had written unplayable music that made impossible technical demands, these pieces are now considered a landmark in piano composition. This presentation concludes with a performance of selections from volumes 1 and 2 of Iberia,

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