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date: 18 October 2019

Viñes, Ricardo locked

  • Charles Timbrell
  •  and Esperanza Berrocal

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(b Lérida, Feb 5, 1875; d Barcelona, April 29, 1943). Spanish pianist . After early study with J.B. Pujol in Barcelona, he went to the Paris Conservatoire in 1887 and studied the piano with C.-W. Bériot, chamber music with Godard and harmony with Lavignac, receiving a premier prix in 1894; he made his début at the Salle Pleyel the following year. His international career began in 1900, when he toured Russia, and tours throughout Europe followed. He played in South America in 1920 and 1924 and from 1930 to 1936 lived in Argentina, playing frequently in that country as well as in Chile and Uruguay. He returned to Paris in 1936 and continued performing until his last year.

Viñes had an exceptional technique and a prodigious repertory, and was the foremost champion of new music by French, Spanish, Russian and Latin American composers. He became close friends with Ravel, Debussy, Satie, Séverac, Falla and Granados, and he introduced many of their works, including Ravel’s ...

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